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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson One

THANKFUL FOR THE BRETHREN            Page 2

** For today, let's begin our time together is this wonderful epistle by observing the life of the apostle Paul as he expresses the joy in his heart because he is "Thankful for the Brethren".

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Opening Prayer

Thankful for the Brethren

** When you consider the subject of accountability among brothers and sisters in the Lord, why is it so challenging to study and then apply the subject matter of true Biblical joy?

We are to be doers of the word (James 1:22) and others can easily observe how faithfully we apply what we will be learning about joy!

INVESTIGATE

Introduction

** Before we jump into verse one, let's gain some back ground understanding to this letter. Where did Paul's relationship with the Philippians begin?

On his second missionary journey, in the northeast corner of Macedonia, near Thessalonica, around 50-51 A.D. cf. Acts 16:9-12

** How do you suppose the Philippians felt about Paul?

They loved him greatly! cf. Philippians 4:15-16 and 2Corinthians 11:9

** What was significant about the city of Philippi?

It was on a major trade route, a "leading city of the district of Macedonia - a Roman colony".
Remember - Acts 16:12

** When and from where does Paul write this epistle?

Around 62 A.D. - from his first Roman imprisonment and after his third missionary journey.
cf. Acts 28:16, 30-31 and Philippians 1:7, 13, 14

You will recall from our study in Ephesians, that Paul also wrote the letter to the Ephesians, the Colossians and to Philemon during this same period of imprisonment.

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