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Study Introduction

Do you feel insignificant or unimportant to God and His kingdom? If so, be encouraged by Paul?s message to the little and seemingly unimportant church at Colossae. It was a church that was so important to God that when threatened by bad doctrine, God caused Paul to write them a special message?a message we can benefit from greatly.

There are three great themes in Philippians that help us understand not only this letter but our relationship to God, the church, and the world. The themes are: Connecting to God, Connecting to Others, and Connecting the gospel to the world.

Pastor Tom uses the environment, culture, technology, and language of the ancient world to show God's perfect plan for sending a Savior.

Would you consider yourself to be content? Most people don?t and the reason is that this age teaches us to always want more and never be satisfied. Paul the Apostle learned the secret to contentment that he shares freely as he finishes up his letter to the Philippians.

Is there any good in the world around us? Some would say the world is a great place and others say it is rotten to the core. Which is right? Paul the Apostle has some encouragement in how to live in this age and yet serve and reflect the One who made the universe.

Anxiety is the most common ailment of the mind that faces humans today. You may have heard of Paul saying ?Don?t be anxious?. That?s all well and good but not very practical. Often times this makes us feel even worse about ourselves when we feel anxiety grow. There is hope, even in the midst of anxious thoughts.

Life for the believer is a race. You might feel just like sitting on the sidelines and urging others on, but you are a part of the race whether you like it or not. What is the race? Is to see who can be the best? Not at all. It is a race to draw as close to the Lord as possible. The question is: how much do you want it?

What are you holding onto or what is holding onto you that is keeping you from throwing it all in to Jesus? Paul had everything a person of his culture could obtain, yet for some reason he considered it worthy to be flushed down the toilet compared with knowing and being found by Jesus. How about you?

Our age worships superstars. In Paul the Apostle?s day, the Jews had superstars too. And Paul was one of them. But as Paul addresses problems in Philippi, problems we face today too, he points them to others among them that are the true superstars of the faith.

What does it mean to ?work out your own salvation?? And how can that be followed by a sentence that says that God is working and doing it all? Find out as we study faith applied with the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2.

Do you want to know how to please God and how to be used most effectively for His kingdom? Then this section of Paul?s letter to the Philippians is for you. In it Paul teaches us the character of Jesus acted out in this age through us.

Paul outlines four really important things we can focus on when undergoing persecution or suffering. They help us realize the bigger purpose that God brings when He allows us to suffer.

When bad things happen our default response is to think we did something wrong and God is allowing us to be hurt. The real answer lies much deeper and involves us suffering as a part of God?s grander plan of sharing his life through our suffering.

When we face hard times, we have a choice. We can react in the ways of this age and the default human behavior of ?me first?, or we can adopt God?s self-sacrificing, other-centered affection. And when we encounter opposition to the gospel we can allow ourselves to just blend in with the culture around us, or can have good perception about what is like God and what is not, and focus on letting God work His character out of us.

Despite a rocky beginning, Paul has a wonderful connection to the church at Philippi. They?ve been through thick and thin together. They came through for Paul so now he?s coming through for them in a time of difficulty.

Prayer is like the long range artillery or the predator drone for the Christian. We can use it to gain intelligence about the enemy or disrupt his tactics in preparation for us to come in to share the gospel.

Fighting the Lord?s battle against an unseen enemy is impossible without protection and weapons of your own. To understand better exactly what those pieces of armor mean to the Christian life, we look to the Old Testament and to the gospel.

What is the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness? Find out what these parts of the Armor of God have to do with the lives we live everyday.

What is our spiritual battle as Christians? Is it chasing after demons and shooting them with spiritual laser weapons? Actually it?s not like that at all. Learn what true spiritual battle is and how it ties into the rest of Ephesians.

These days it seems there is a great gulf between managers and employees. Workers feel more like slaves than ever before and managers feel that disconnection but don?t know how to fix it. The Apostle Paul offers sage advice that also fits in the overall theme of reflecting the character of God.