Bible Study Tools You Will Need
Along with the study guide, there are some other Bible study tools you will need.
- A Bible you are willing to mark in. I recommend having a Bible you use just for study and marking.Or…You can print out observation worksheets for the book of Philippians. An observation worksheet is simply the chapter printed out on a sheet of paper, double spaced, so you have room to mark and make notes (I’ll explain this more in the study guide). Here is a video where I show you how to do this on Bible Gateway.
- 4-5 Different colored pencils or colored ball-point pens for marking the scriptures (I’ll explain this more in the study guide).
Optional Resource: download and print the Keyword Key to use during this step.
- A spiral notebook or a binder with loose-leaf binder paper. (Not needed if you purchase a workbook). I prefer using a binder because it’s easier to move the pages around. Use this to write down your notes, thoughts, and observations as the study guide instructs you.
- Word study tools. A few times in the study you will be asked to do a word study. My favorite tool for word studies is Blue Letter Bible. Here is a video where I show you how to use this resource.
Why Did Paul Write A Letter to the Philippians?
We see at the end of the first chapter that the Philippians were enduring affliction for their faith. Paul encourages them to rejoice despite their current circumstances and gives very specific commands to help them maintain joy. We also see that Paul writes to thank them for the gift they sent him.
What is the Message of Philippians?
The overall message of Philippians is about rejoicing in all circumstances. There are, however, a few other themes woven throughout the chapters that we don’t want to miss.
Themes of Philippians
Here are a few of the other themes you will find as you work through this Bible study of Philippians.
- Christ-like attitude
Book of Philippians Outline
Here is a brief summary of each chapter in the book of Philippians. If you are planning to use the study guide, I would suggest waiting to read the chapter summaries until after you have done your own diligent study.
Summary of Philippians Chapter 1
In this first chapter of Philippians Paul lets the church know that He is in prison for the sake of the gospel. Despite his circumstances, he rejoices that the gospel continues to spread – even among those within the prison walls.
Paul also shares his love for the Philippians and gives us a great example of how we can be praying for the people that God has placed in our lives.
Summary of Philippians Chapter 2
Chapter two of Philippians is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible. Here, Paul gives a glimpse of the attitude of Christ. His humility and obedience. Paul also gives the Philippians specific commands as to how they can attain this same attitude.
We also learn more about Timothy and the qualities of character that Paul greatly admired in him.
Summary of Philippians Chapter 3
In chapter 3 Paul shares a bit about his past. Before he became Paul, he was Saul. He was a persecutor of the church. After an encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus, his life was forever changed. He learned to put no confidence in the flesh and considered all the old things loss compared to knowing and serving his Lord and Savior.
Summary of Philippians Chapter 4
Chapter 4 gives us some clues as to what prompted Paul to write this letter to the Philippians. Not only did he want to encourage them to rejoice in all circumstances, but he also wanted, specifically, to thank them for the gift they had sent him.
Commentaries are great resources when used at the right time. Don’t consult them until after you have done your own thorough study of the scriptures. Wiersbe has an online commentary of Philippians that I use and recommend.