- Paul had been beaten in
Philippi. The attitude of the church toward Paul had made up that previous
beating. They were supporters of Paul whether he was in a dungeon or
riding a wave of revival. The Church at Philippi was no ‘fair weather
friend.’ Their commitment to him while still in prison was an assurance
that they were the type of Church that would be a tremendous blessing to
the Kingdom of God.
- Paul prayed for an
increase in love, knowledge, and depth of insight. He prayed for such
things because in order to thrive in this world the Church would need
discernment and they would need to maintain their ‘separateness’ from the
The more they grew in knowledge of the Lord the more fruit they would bear.
- Paul wants to make sure to appeal to every saint in this letter because the purpose of this letter is to collect a missionary offering. He wants to touch more than the hearts of the leaders; he needs to connect with everyone.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Search The Scriptures -- Philippians
Study 1 – Philippians 1:1-11