After completing this bible study of Philippians, you will see that this is a book about rejoicing. 

This may seem peculiar since the man who wrote this epistle did so from prison.

Paul had been stoned, beaten, persecuted, and afflicted for the faithful stewardship of his calling as Christ’s apostle. Now, while sitting in a Roman prison, the Lord moves on his heart to write a letter to encourage the Philippians to rejoice.

It seems as though Paul had discovered the essence of true joy. I hope and pray that as you work through this study, you will discover it too.

Inductive Bible Study of Philippians

This study uses the inductive study method of observation, interpretation, and application. This method is one of my favorite ways to study God’s word because the process itself teaches you how to study the Bible for yourself. If you are new to this method, make sure to download the free Bible study of John 1. This study is not only a great introduction to the life and ministry of Jesus, but it’s also a great introduction to the inductive study process.

How to Use the Bible Study of Philippians

You will need to sign up to receive the Philippians bible study questions below. The guide is broken up by chapter into 41 daily lessons. Each daily lesson should take you about 15-20 minutes each day. Feel free to move at your own pace. The goal is to make a meaningful connection with the Lord every day.

Download the Philippians Study Guide PDF

Join the email community below and I’ll send the free, 41-day printable study guide of Philippians to your inbox within the next few minutes. You can get started on your study later today or tomorrow! 

  • Option 1: Print out the pdf of the Bible study guide.
  • Option 2: Download the pdf to your computer, phone, or device to use as an e-book.

Along with the study guide, you will also need a spiral notebook or binder with lined paper to write down your notes. See below for tools you will need.

  • Option 3: There is also a workbook version available for those who would rather have space within the study guide to write notes. You’ll also get extra worksheets and coloring pages.

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.

  • Humility
  • Christ-like attitude
  • Contentment
  • Suffering

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. 

Bible Study of Philippians Commentaries

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.

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