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An Introduction to Philippians

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Grace Bible Chapel

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Philippians; Acts 16

An Introduction to Philippians

     I.    Introduction

            A.   Acts 9:1-16

            B.   John 16:33

            C.   Matthew 5:10-12

    II.    Background and history

            A.   356 BC

            B.   42 BC

            C.   31-27 BC

                  1.    Acts 16:12, 20-21

                  2.    Philippians 3:20

            D.   50 AD

   III.    The founding of the church at Philippi  (Acts 16)

            A.   Acts 16:1-5 – Paul’s last actions in Asia

            B.   Acts 16:6-10 – God’s providence

            C.   Acts 16:11-13 – the city of Philippi

            D.   Acts 16:14-15 – the first European convert

            E.   Acts 16:16-24 – the opposition

            F.   Acts 16:25-34 – the opportunity in prison

            G.   Acts 16:35-40 – the opportunity out of prison

  IV.    The setting

            A.   Philippians 1:3-7

            B.   Philippians 1:12-14

            C.   Philippians 1:29-30

   V.    Purpose

            A.   Thanksgiving

                  1.    Philippians 1:3-5

                  2.    Philippians 4:10-20

            B.   Correction

                  1.    Philippians 2:1-2

                  2.    Philippians 3:2-3

                  3.    Philippians 3:18-19

            C.   Paul’s circumstances – Philippians 1:12-26

            D.   Epaphroditus’ circumstances – Philippians 2:25-30

  VI.    Conclusion

            A.   God’s sovereignty over history

                  1.    Daniel 4:34-37

                  2.    Isaiah 40:21-26

            B.   God’s sovereignty over salvation

                  1.    John 10:27-30

                  2.    2 Timothy 2:8-10

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