Lessons from the Book of Philippians
Greetings precious people, I do hope that you are doing well today and giving thanks to the Lord God Almighty. We will continue our today journey through one of my favorite New Testament Books, the Book of Philippians. We will be studying this book verse by verse, chapter by chapter. We will discover that unlike all other books outside the Bible, every word, phrase, and idea have signifigance and meaning.
As we study this book verse by verse, it is important to all that we look at in context. To keep things in context simply means to look at the verse or ideas and words presented in a verse, in context of the surrounding verses and on an even broader scale in context of what the entire Bible says. A good rule to follow in regards to keeping things in context is read ten verses before the verse and ten verses after. Failing to keep things in context will inevitably lead to all kinds of problems and errors. Errors such as taking things out of context, twisting the scriptures to say what the speaker or writer wants them to say. This is very common among the cults of our day and false teachers of past and present.
In our study today, we will try and cover the first six verses of chapter one. Here they are in the New King James Version. Philippians 1:1-6, "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."