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The city of Philippi was named after Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great.  He fortified it and exploited its mineral wealth, having conquered it in 360 B.C. The city became a Roman colony in 167 B.C.  Its population was a mixture of indigenous Thracian, Greek and Latin families. Consequently there was a great variety of divinities and religious cults.  There was a Jewish community to whom were attached the Gentile “God fearers”, who worshipped the God of the Jews.


      A description of the foundation of the church at Philippi is found in Acts 16:9–40.  Here we learn that Paul was specifically instructed to go into northern Greece (as we now call Macedonia) to preach the gospel there.  When he preached in Philippi and founded a church there he was accused of introducing an alien cult.  This was because Christianity, unlike Judaism and other religions did not have the sanction of the state as a religion and was thus technically unlawful.


      Having founded the church Paul kept in touch with it and, as this letter reveals, received various gifts from the members.  He wrote the letter from Rome when he was in prison there (Acts 28:16).  His imprisonment was more like what is called today “house arrest” and so he was free to employ a scribe and obtain papyrus to write his letters.


      The obvious reason for his writing this letter was to thank the Philippians for the gift which they had sent him to help him when he was in need.  It is a very personal letter sent to his first converts on European soil.  He urges the Christians to live humbly and worthy of their calling as disciples of Christ.  The letter is impregnated with the themes of joy, confidence in God, unity in Christ and perseverance in the Christian life and faith.

Below is a list of ten courses of study for Philippians.  At the end of each study is a list of questions.  Please answer each question and email your answers to Pastor Mike.  Once all ten study courses are compete, a certificate of completion will be issued.

Paul and the Philippians

Imprisonment Advances the Gospel

Honoring And Glorifying Christ

The Mind of Christ

Lights of the World

Timothy and Epaphroditus

Judaism and Christianity

Christian Perfection

Pastoral Responsibility

Concluding Remarks