Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Introduction to the New Testament (Session 11 - Paul’s Letter to the Philippians)

You may listen to a podcast of this session at PodBean.

During this session, we considered Paul letter to the church in Philippians.

Considering Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 

Between A.D. 52 and the early 60s, Paul wrote a letter to a gentile Christian community in Philippi.
  • The church was established by Paul in Philippi, a Greek agricultural city that hosted a large Roman colony. 
  • Paul wrote the letter from prison some where between A.D. 52 and the early 60s. 
  • There’s no archaeological evidence for Jewish presence in the city. 
Paul seemed to have two reasons for writing the letter.
  • To reassure the Philippians about his situation. (Philippians 1:12-26)
  • To commend Epaphroditus and explain why he’s returning to Philippi. (Philippians 2:25)
Paul used this letter to offer the Philippians encouragement and advice.

Philippians contains a hymn that’s become well-known. Philippians 2:6-11: who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

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