Philippians: Outlines

Philippians: Outlines



HOPE IS THE NECESSARY FOCUS OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY back to top

Hope in the Work of God on Our Behalf back to top
  • He who began a good work in you will finish what He started until the day of Christ Jesus (1:6)
  • It is God who works in us to will and to act according to his good purpose (2:13)
  • God exalted him to the highest place with a name above every name (2:9)
  • By power to control everything, he will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his (3:21)
  • God is able to meet all of the giver's needs according to his riches in Christ (4:19)

Hope Manifested in Unity and Humility back to top
  • Stand firm in the spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel (1:27)
  • Be like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose (2:2)
  • Do nothing out of selfish ambition and vain conceit (2:3)
  • In humility, consider others better than yourselves (2:3)
  • Each should look not only to his own interestes, but to the interests of others (2:4)
  • On the basis of Christ's humility, we should work out our salvation with fear & trembling (2:12)
  • Do everything without grumbling and complaining in order to be blameless children of God (2:14)
  • Believers, who put no confidence in the flesh, but worship by the Spirit, are the circumcision (3:3)
  • Let your gentleness be evident to all (4:5)
  • Paul's doxology, to our God and Father be glory forever! (4:20)

Hope Manifested in Patient Perseverence back to top
  • For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (1:21)
  • Stand firm without being frightened in any way of those who oppose you (1:28)
  • It has been granted on behalf of Christ for you to believe, and also to suffer (1:29)
  • Children of God shine like stars in the universe, holding out the word of life (2:15,16)
  • The Backdrop for the children and the word is this crooked and depraved generation (2:15,16)
  • Rejoice in the Lord (3:1)
  • Those who are mature will have their knowledge clarified (3:15)
  • The caveat is to live up to what they have already obtained (3:16)
  • Us: Citizenship in heaven, eagerly await Savior from there - Lord Jesus Christ (3:20)
  • We should stand firm, not as earthly citizens, but as heavenly citizens (4:1)
  • Rejoice in the Lord always (4:4)
  • Prayers and petitions should be accompanied by thanksgiving (4:6)
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, bring requests to God (4:6)
  • Then the peace of God which surpasses understanding will guard your heart in Christ Jesus (4:7)
  • Think on the noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praisworthy (4:8)
  • Whatever has been learned or received or heard from Paul, put into practice (4:9)

Hope as Modeled by Paul, His Companions, and Christ back to top
  • Because of Paul's imprisonment word went out to the entire palace guard (1:13)
  • Because of his chains, many have been encouraged to speak the word more courageously (1:14)
  • Our attitude should be modeled after that of Christ himself (2:5)
  • Christ was in very nature God, but didn't consider it something to be grasped (2:6)
  • Christ made himself nothing and took the very form of a servant (2:7)
  • Christ, made in the likeness of man, humbled himself and became obedient to death on a cross (2:7,8)
  • At the name of Jesus every knee in heaven earth and under the earth will bow to Jesus (2:10)
  • Every tongue will confess the Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (2:11)
  • Timothy looks out for Christ's interests more than his own (2:21)
  • Timothy has served Paul in the gospel as a son with his father (2:22)
  • Epaphroditus as he risked his life for the gospel (2:29,30)
  • Paul encourages the Philippians to follow his example (3:17)
  • Paul encourages them to take note of those who live according to the pattern he presented (3:17)
  • Whatever had been learned or received or heard from Paul, was to be put into practice (4:9)

Hope Contrasted with the Hopeless Enemies of the Cross back to top
  • This is a sign that they will be destroyed, but you will be saved (1:28)
  • Watch out for the dogs who do evil, mutilators of the flesh (3:2)
  • Paul's acknowledgement that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ (3:18)
  • Enemies of the cross: Destiny- destruction, God- stomach, glory- shame, mind on earthly things (3:19)

A COMMUNITY IN NEED OF A UNIFIED GOAL FOR MATURITY back to top

The Philippians Admonished to Proper Conduct back to top
  • If Paul is poured out for them, they ought to rejoice with him (1:18)
  • Philippians encouraged to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of Christ (1:27)
  • Philippians have been united with Christ and having fellowship with the Spirit (2:1)
  • Philippians have experienced the tenderness and compassion of knowing Christ (2:1)
  • Paul's plea for Euodia and Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord (4:2)
  • Paul's appeal to the loyal yokefellow to assist them in their disagreement (4:3)

The Philippians Admonished to Discern What is Best back to top
  • Paul's prayer that their love might abound more and more in knowledge & depth (1:9)
  • Aounding love is for the purpose of discerning what is best (1:10)
  • Discerning what is best is in order to be blameless until the day of Christ (1:10)
  • Abounding in love and discernement is to the glory and praise of God (1:11)
  • Discerning what is best is in order to be filled with the fruit of righteousness through Christ (1:11)
  • All the mature should take a similar view of not yet obtaining the goal, but pressing forward (3:15)
  • God is able to meet all of the giver's needs according to his riches in Christ (4:19)

The Philippians Encouraged by Their Participation with Paul back to top
  • They share in God's grace with him, whether in chains or defending and confirming gospel (1:7)
  • Some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry (1:15)
  • Some preach out of love, understanding the importance of Paul's chains (1:16)
  • Some preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, in order to stir up trouble for Paul (1:17)
  • Paul understands that the better is to remain alive for the sake of the Philippians (1:24)
  • Paul knows he will remain for the sake of the Philippians growth and joy in the faith (1:25,26)
  • The Philippians shared in the struggles of Paul (1:30)
  • If Paul is poured out like a drink offering on behalf of the faith of the church he rejoices (2:17)
  • Paul's evaluation of Timothy - no one who takes a genuine interest in their welfare (2:19,20)
  • Timothy is thus chosen to find out how the Philippians are doing on Paul's behalf (2:23)
  • Epaphroditus longing for them; distressed because of their knowledge of his sickeness (2:26)
  • Encouragement to welcome Epaphroditus as he risked his life for the gospel (2:29,30)
  • These women at odds have contended with Paul for the sake of the gospel (4:3)
  • Paul rejoices in the Philippians renewed concern and gifts to him (4:10-13)
  • Paul praises the Philippians for sharing with him (4:14)
  • Paul looks forward to what will be credited to the Philippians account on behalf of their gift (4:15-19)

PAUL AS A MODEL OF HOPE AND ENDURANCE back to top

Paul's Devotion and Prayer for the Philippians back to top
  • Paul's prayer of thanksgiving for the Philippians partnership with Him (1:3-5)
  • Paul's right to feel this way, he hold the Philippians in his heart (1:7)
  • Paul longs for them with the devotion of Christ (1:8)
  • Paul's prayer that their love might abound more and more in knowledge & depth (1:9)
  • Paul is encouraged by the Philippian prayers and the Spirit of Jesus (1:19)
  • Paul is torn between further fruitful labor in the body, or the joy of dieing and being with Christ (1:22-26)
  • Paul understands that dieing and being with Christ is far preferable (1:23)
  • Paul was spared, and anxious to send him back to relieve their anxiety as well (2:27,28)
  • Paul wants to be found righteous in Christ by faith, without a righteousness by the law (3:9)
  • He wants to know Christ, in death and suffering, in life and the power of the resurrection (3:10,11)

Paul's Model of Ministry for the Philippians back to top
  • Paul's imprisonment has served to advance the gospel (1:12-14)
  • Paul rejoices in the preaching of Christ from either pure or false motives (1:18)
  • Paul is convinced that what has happened will be his deliverance (1:19)
  • Paul expects sufficient courage so that Christ will be exalted in his body, by life or death (1:20)
  • Paul is eager in his hope of not being ashamed (1:20)
  • It is no problem, present circumstances accepted, for Paul to exhort them to rejoice (2:1)
  • If Paul is poured out like a drink offering on behalf of the faith of the church he rejoices (2:17)
  • Paul lists his reasons to take confidence in the flesh if merited (3:4-6)
  • Paul willingly loses everything that was to his benefit in the flesh in order to gain Christ (3:7)
  • Paul considers his credentials dung, and has lost all things in order to gain Christ (3:8)
  • Paul does not consider himself to have gained it, but he presses on toward the goal (3:12)
  • Paul forgets what is behind, presses forward to win the prize for which God has called him (3:13,14)

The Company Paul Keeps back to top
  • Paul's evaluation of Timothy - no one who takes a genuine interest in their welfare (2:19,20)
  • Timothy looks out for Christ's interests more than his own (2:21)
  • Timothy has served Paul in the gospel as a son with his father (2:22)
  • Timothy is thus chosen to find out how the Philippians are doing on Paul's behalf (2:23)
  • Paul's evaluation of Epaphroditus - brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier sent by them (2:25)
  • Epaphroditus longing and distress because of their knowledge of his sickeness (2:26)
  • Encouragement to welcome Epaphroditus as he risked his life for the gospel (2:29,30)

DIACHRONIC OVERVIEW back to top

The Believer's Goal of Hope back to top
  • So that you might be pure and blameless until the day of Christ (1:10)
  • Paul's confidence that he will have sufficient courage to glorify Christ in body in life or death (1:20)
  • To depart and be with Christ is much better, but to remain with you is more necessary (1:23,24)
  • Those who oppose you will be destroyed; You will be saved by God (1:28)
  • The Philippians perseverance is linked to Paul's ability to boast in the day of Christ (2:16)
  • Paul is concerned for the Philippians well being to show he did not run the race in vain (2:16)
  • Paul desires to attain to the resurrection of the dead (3:11)
  • Paul does not consider himself to have obtained perfection, but presses forward to the goal (3:12-14)
  • Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a savior from there (3:20)

The Believer's Perseverance in the Work of Salvation back to top
  • Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (2:12)
  • You are to be blameless children of God in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation (2:15)
  • The children of God shine like stars in the universe as they hold out the word of life (2:16)
  • The destiny of the enemies of Christ is destruction because their mind is on earthly things (3:19)

The Work of God on the Believer's Behalf back to top
  • He who began a good work will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ (1:6)
  • God works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (2:13)
  • Our bodies will be transformed to be like his glorious body (3:21)