Philippians 2:12-18 A Light to the Lost

You may be the first “Bible’ someone reads. Pray your “words” inspire them to  meet the “Author”

Paul is encouraging his readers today to continue growing in the Lord. They are to be a light to the lost world.

The Philippian church has been very faithful all along. Paul is not writing a letter of reprimand but one of encouragement. They are known for their obedience to the word and Paul’s teaching. He asks them to continue this practice and even step it up a bit. He is proud of them and their faith even in his absence. Read more »

Philippians 2:1-11 A Servant Like Him

We are like Him when we serve in love

Paul is encouraging the Philippian brothers to be Christ like in their service to others. Serving not out of ulterior motives but in sincere love.

I have a confession to make here. I have served out of selfish reasons at times. Those reasons were usually to be noticed by others and commended for my “fine service.” That’s not love. Yes, it is nice to be appreciated for your work but that isn’t to be the motivation.

Paul uses Jesus’ example of service for a benchmark for his readers. There is NO WAY we will ever live up to that standard but striving for it is what makes us more like Him every day. Read more »

Philippians 1:19-30 Ready Regardless of Outcome

“To live is Christ, to die is gain”

Paul conveys his conviction and prayer while in chains. He is dedicated to stand for Jesus, no matter what the outcome. He is leaving that in God’s hands.

Paul’s fate is uncertain. He has been in chains for a LONG time. He was taken in Jerusalem when he went into the temple after delivering gifts to the saints there. He was sent to Caesarea to thwart a plot on his life. He appealed to Caesar when the Jews tried to kill him there. He was then sent Rome to stand before Caesar, along with being shipwrecked in the process. At the time of his writing this letter he had been imprisoned in one form or another for about 6 years. He was renting a house at this time and being guarded there, but he was still a prisoner and under guard. And he had no idea how much longer this situation was going to go on. Read more »

Philippians 1:12-18 In That I Rejoice

You are so AMAZING God!

Paul shares with his Philippian fellow believers how, even from chains, the message of Jesus is flourishing. What man meant for evil God intends for good.

Paul is writing this letter while he is in Rome under arrest. But even while he is chained between guards, God’s word is still spreading. In fact it is spreading more because of his circumstances. Caesar’s own household was now hearing the message of salvation. Paul’s guards were being converted.

Because of Paul’s position others were becoming bolder in their sharing of the gospel. They had someone they could look directly to as an example of “suffering for Christ.” I’m sure they didn’t wish to be put in his position but by seeing how he conducted himself and how God blessed him in spite of his captors, others were made stronger. Paul points out that not everyone who was preaching the gospel was doing it with pure motives, but if God can use Pharaoh for His purposes, He can use self-serving pretenders too. Read more »

Philippians 1:1-10 Celebrating Good Brothers

The elements of a great partnership

We are starting a new book! We get to read Paul’s letter to the Philippian church. This letter is not a corrective letter but one of thanks giving. It is also one of praise for what God has been doing through all that Paul is enduring.

Paul starts off by saying hello from himself and Timothy. I’m assuming the Philippian church is familiar with Timothy because Paul isn’t introducing him but conveying his greeting.

Paul also makes a point of addressing all the levels of partakers in this body. He starts with a general greeting to “all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi” (verse 1) but then specifically mentions the overseers and deacons. This, to me, says that this church is well established and set in order. Read more »