Study 1 – Introduction to Philippians

June 12, 2011

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It is noted by scholars that Paul planted the church at Philippi on his second missionary journey after he had a very vivid dream about a man asking for help from Macedonia. Acts 16:9-14

9 A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

11 So putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis; 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

14 A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.

This church began with the conversion of Lydia who lived in the Roman city of Philippi. Here is recorded the first church to be planted in Europe. Paul went on this mission with Silas, Timothy and Luke.

During his missionary journeys Paul went back to Phillipi many times and had a special relationship with the Christians there. Although this church was small and poor, they sent gifts to the apostle on many occasions to help him with his work in spreading the Good News.

This Epistle is a reflection of the very special relationship the Apostle Paul enjoyed with this small but vibrant church. The words “joy” and “rejoice” are repeated often as Paul writes one of the most encouraging letters found in the pages of the New Testament.

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Study 1 Philippians – Introduction to Philippians