Philippians – Week #1 – Notes for church family

Philippians 1:1-11

1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ

The title of “Lord” (kyrios in Greek) is especially significant in this letter. As a Roman colony, Philippi would have had a prominent cult dedicated to worshiping the emperor. It would have been common for residents—Roman citizens or not—to participate in the imperial religion, even if they worshiped other pagan gods. From public statues to household shrines, the environment of Philippi called for honoring Caesar above all. However, by affirming that Jesus is Lord, Paul challenges the Philippian Christians to redirect their allegiance. Compare Phil 2:11.

1:5 participation The Philippians provided financial support that helped Paul spread the gospel message (4:15, 18). Their partnership in his ministry is the reason he prays with joy

1:6 one who began Refers to God. Paul is certain that the Philippians will progress in faith because God is committed to transforming them. The day of Christ Jesus Refers to the second coming of Jesus Christ. In Paul’s letters, the “Day of Christ” is synonymous with the OT phrase “Day of the Lord” (see note on Luke 17:22).


Crank some blanks 


  • Salvation is _____________ work
  • Salvation is a _____________ work
  • Salvation is a _____________ work

 Application Question:  

What comes to mind when you think of God?

Despite the negative appearance of the circumstances, God is still in control and still accomplishing His purposes in the life of Paul and in our own lives. Beginning the “good work” was not a mistake that will be left incomplete.

What wrong perspective do you need to surrender?

1:7 my imprisonment Romans did not use prisons for punishment, but only to detain those awaiting trial or execution.

Final Big Idea of the First Chapter

Paul is saying, Listen to this thing I’m praying for you!!  

1:9 love As Paul explains later, love (agapē) involves putting others before oneself (Philippians 2:3–4).

Knowledge The knowledge that Paul has in mind is not just intellectual but experiential, acquired through acts of love. All discernment The Greek term used here, aisthēsis, refers to the ability to make decisions for the benefit of others.

1:10 what is superior When the Philippians’ love abounds, they will be able to determine what is most valuable or beneficial to the community of believers.

Pure and blameless Refers to being without fault.

1:11 fruit of righteousness Refers to the natural results of belonging to Christ, whose death and resurrection bring righteousness to all who believe


Going Deeper This Next Week

Key Verses:  – Try memorizing one of these verses this week 

Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 

Philippians 1:9-11  – And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

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Looking ahead!

 Questions we will be asking ourselves while we work through this beautiful book written to this church in Philippi:

  1. What can we learn from the Philippians about our relationship to suffering as Christians?  How is it going to affect the way we respond to current and future suffering?
  2. Can we say with Paul, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to dies is gain?”  If you can’t, think about what has replaced Christ’s rightful place in your life.
  3. What have you learned from Jesus’ example that you can apply to your own life?  Do you have the attitude of Christ in respect to God and others? Do you regard others as more important than yourself?
  4. Do you allow your circumstances to affect your peace? What is keeping you from His peace? After reading Philippians 4 do we see ways to handle life’s anxieties?
  5. What have we learned about our own needs and sharing with others in need?