Welcome to our study of the book of Philippians. Philippians is actually a letter written to the Christians in Philippi, a place that Paul visited on his second missionary journey. Interestingly, it was named after Philip of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great.
This letter has a very informal tone, giving the impression that Paul was close to the people there. It is clear these believers have a special place in his heart.
Philippians is a favorite book for many because of its emphasis on joy, mixed with an uplifting and encouraging tone. This is pretty amazing considering it was written by Paul while he was in prison. These four chapters show us that the power of the Lord has the ability to make us rise above our circumstances and experience joy, contentment, and love for others. Speaking of joy, did you ever sing the song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…”? It’s a children’s Sunday school song, and whenever I read Philippians this song pops into my head.
Joy is a dominant theme in this letter. Since Paul mentions it about 17 times, it is something that deserves our great attention. How is it possible to have deep joy in the midst of overwhelming sorrow and suffering? Paul is not only a great example to us, but he also points us to the answer. Philippians has 104 verses and Jesus is mentioned directly or indirectly 51 times. That says a lot about what the ultimate theme of this book is. In the end, Paul will teach us that greater than joy is Jesus: the Author of our joy.
Without Jesus, there is no salvation, and therefore no lasting joy. Without Jesus, there is no way to overcome our circumstances, to love people who are hard to love, to reconcile, to forgive and to live godly lives.
Augustine said, “Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; Where your treasure is, there is your heart; Where your heart is, there is your happiness.”
Let’s open our Bibles and seek to better know our Savior and the joy he offers to those who follow him.
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”- John 15:11
Friends, join us on Monday as we begin reading through the book of Philippians these next 4 weeks! Grab your journal here and join us!
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I am so excited to start this study! There have been some tough times in life lately, and looking towards Jesus and the joy only He can provide is a great way to SNAP out of any funk!
I am currently in that funk. I feel like Im hitting 1 brick wall after another and Im losing faith. I hope this bible study will uplift me and hep me lean on Jesus again.
I’m excited about participating in the Phillipians study together with other women who love God.
May we experience the joy of the Lord in greater measures in Jesus’name Amen ❤
So glad to have you joining us, Oluwayemisi!
Im so excited to plug in with other woman enjoying the word. I am challenging my self to posr at least 3 x a week. Maybe i will do 5 times some week.
I love your goals, Danielle! I pray that God will bless the time you spend digging into His word!
Danielle, I Have the same goal. I really want to be involved and meet some great women along the way, I love LGG!
Will Phillippains be on Youversion?
Yes, this study is on YouVersion, Sandy. I just did a search for “Philippians” and it came up. Be sure to look for the image of the journal cover (it’s pink!)…that way you know you have the right plan.
I’m excited to begin this bible study. Thanks for the invite.
So glad to have you joining us, Teresa!
We still have room if anyone needs a group!
We still have room if anyone needs a group!
This is the first time I have done a Love God Greatly study. I received my journal yesterday. I would like to join your group if still openings.
I would love to be apart if the group if it is not to late.
I would like to be part of the group , hope is not late
I was looking forward to this study, but, I have had no link to download the materials.do I have to buy a study book in order to receive the information?
Hi Linda! So glad you are joining us! You do not have to purchase the journal…there is a FREE downloadable version that can be accessed by clicking on the “Bible Studies” link at the top of the page. Once there, click on the Philippians study and you will have the option to download the study journal.
I am so in this place in my life, probably for over a year now. I didn’t plan on doing this study, but after seeing the email for Wed, 10/25, it was like God was drawing me to it. I am desperate to know what God wants me to learn during this phase of my life so that I can feel that joy once again.
So glad to have you joining us, Jackie! It is truly amazing how God is so persistent when He knows we need something only He can offer us! Praying that this time with Him will help bring you the peace and joy you are searching for!