Summary of the Book of Philippians
The book of Philippians is a powerful letter of encouragement. Paul prays for the church to grow in knowledge and depth of insight so we will be filled with the fruit of righteousness. He then shares several key things on how to do this. The main themes that run through Philippians are imitating Christ’s example and rejoicing in every circumstance.
Philippians 1 - The Advancing Gospel
Philippians 1 is a personal and affectionate letter. Paul opens with a prayer of thanksgiving, praying for us to abound in love, knowledge and depth of insight. Encouraging us that through his circumstances the gospel of Christ is continually advancing. He shares intimate thoughts about his desire to be with Christ, and encourages believers to stand firm in the faith until the end.
Philippians 2 - Imitate Christ
Philippians 2 encourages us to be like-minded and one in spirit. Paul exhorts us to follow the example of Christ, who humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death. He reminds us to have the same attitude as Christ, encouraging us that we shine like stars in the universe.
Philippians 3 - Pressing Onward
Philippians 3 starts with a warning against placing confidence in things that make us look good by human standards. Paul mentions his many achievements before counting them as garbage in comparison to knowing Christ Jesus and the righteousness that comes by faith. We are then encouraged to press on, forgetting what we leave behind, so we can live up to what we have already obtained.
Philippians 4 - Rejoice in the Lord
Philippians 4 opens with a reminder to rejoice in the Lord. Paul shows how rejoicing brings about the peace of God in our lives. We are instructed to pray with thanksgiving and think on the things that are true, noble, excellent and praiseworthy. Paul then thanks the church for their gifts, mentioning how our gifts are fragrant and acceptable offerings to the Lord.
As you can see this amazing book is a very intimate letter full of love for believers and a great example of how to overflow with joy. It is a powerful message of encouragement for the Church.
May you be blessed and inspired as you read and study the book of Philippians.