Paul so treasured the gospel that, even in the midst of his mistreatment, he was compelled to speak of the glorious truths and promises of the gospel.

In introducing Paul's letter to the Philippians, we begin by looking at the context in which Paul was writing.  Paul was imprisoned in Rome when he wrote this letter of encouragement to the healthy church in Philippi, who he considered dear friends and partners.  In this message we explore how Paul got there, and how he had powerfully lived out so many of the themes he wrote about in this letter.

Application Questions

1. How does understanding the story of Paul's imprisonment change how you read and understand the letter to the Philippians?

2. How might the following verses take on a different meaning in light of understanding Paul's experience?

-Philippians 1:2
-Philippians 2:3
-Philippians 2:14
-Philippians 4:4
-Philippians 4:6
-Philippians 4:11
-Philippians 4:13

3. What parts of the story of Paul's imprisonment in Acts 21-28 set an example that you can follow in situations in your life?

4. What additional study, prayer, meditation, etc. could you do to get the most out of our study through Philippians this fall?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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