Valley Bible Church's Sermon Transcripts of The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians

The Epistle of Paul to the Philippianss (2001 - 2003)

A. The Epistle of Joy (1:1-2)

1. The Servants

2. The Saints

3. The Overseers

4. The Deacons

B. Prayer for the Philippians (1:3-11)

1. Paul’s Prayer of Thanksgiving (1:3-8)

a. For his memories

b. For their participation in the gospel

c. For assurance that the work God began would be completed

1) Assurance in regard to ourselves

2) Assurance in regard to others

2. Paul’s Prayer for Abounding Love (1:9-11)

a. That their love might abound in real knowledge and all discernment

b. That they might approve the things that are excellent

c. That they might be sincere and blameless

C. Good Results from Bad Circumstances (1:12-26)

1. Paul's chains (1:12-14)

2. Paul’s opponents (1:15-18a)

a. Their motives behind their preaching

1) Examining the motives of Paul's opponents

2) Examining our motives

b. The content of their preaching

1) Proclaiming the gospel and the person of Christ

2) Proclaiming the gospel and the work of Christ

3. Paul’s crisis (1:18b-26)

a. Paul’s future joy came from his assurance of salvation

b. Paul’s future joy came from the provision of the Spirit of Christ

c. Paul’s future joy came from his earthly preoccupation

d. Paul’s future joy came from his expectation of service to Christ

e. Paul’s future joy came from his desire to be with Christ

D. Conducting Ourselves in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel (1:27-2:18)

1. Standing firm in one spirit, with one mind (1:27-30)

a. Striving together for the faith of the gospel

b. No way alarmed by our oppenents

c. Suffering for the sake of Christ

2. Pursuing church unity (2:1-4)

a. The right motivation

1) Encouragement in Christ

2) Consolation of love, fellowship of the Spirit, affection and compassion

b. The right description

1) Being of the same mind

2) Maintaining the same love, united in spirit intent on one purpose

c. The right means

3. Having the attitude of Christ (2:5-11)

a. Christ’s humilation (2:5-8)

1) Christ did not grasp His riches too tightly

2) Christ emptied Himself

3) Christ was made in the likeness of men

4) Christ was obedient to the point of death

b. Christ’s exaltation (2:9-11)

1) The steps of Christ’s exaltation

a) His resurrection, ascension and unveiling

b) His ministry of intercession

2) The name of the Lord in Christ’s exaltation

3) The purpose of Christ’s exaltation

4. Three concerns in walking worthy of the gospel (2:12-18)

a. Working out salvation (2:12-13)

1) We are responsible for the failings in our sancification

2) God is responsible for the success in our sanctification

b. Stop complaining (2:14-16)

1) We must not grumble and dispute

2) To function as a beacon of light to a faithless world

3) That those who have labored in our lives might have glory

c. Rejoicing in sacrificial service to others (2:17-18)

E. Paul sends Timothy to the Philippians (2:19-30)

1. A priceless pair: Timothy (2:19-24)

a. The character of Timothy

b. The value of Timothy

2. A priceless pair: Epaphroditus (2:25-30)

a. Why Epaphroditus was sent

b. How Epaphroditus was to be received

F. The True Circumcision (3:1-4:1)

1. Beware of the false circumcision (3:1-2)

a. They corrupt the gospel

b. They corrupt the new covenant

c. They corrupt the church

2. Follow the true circumcision (3:3-4:1)

a. The description of the true circumcision (3:3)

b. The example of Paul (3:4-16)

1) His loss of credentials

a) The list of his credentials

b) His attitude toward his credentials

2) His gain of Christ

a) The knowledge of Christ

b) The righteousness of Christ

c) The power of Christ

d) The suffering of Christ

e) The resurrection of Christ

3) His pursuit of Christ

a) The need for dissatisfaction

b) The need for direction

c) The need for discipline

c. The example of others (3:17-4:1)

1) They follow with others in a heavenly processional

2) They are not enemies of the cross of Christ

3) They eagerly wait for the return of Christ

4) They stand firm

G. The Path to Peace (4:2-9)

1. Peace through assistance from others

2. Peace through positive rejoicing

3. Peace though perseverence

4. Peace through prayer

a. The problem of anxiety

b. The solution of prayer

c. The promise of peace

5. Peace through pondering good things

6. Peace through practice

H. The Philippians' Gift to Paul (4:10-20)

1. The reception of the gift

a. Paul received the gift with great joy

b. Paul received the gift with contentment

1) The difficulty of contentment

2) The secret of contentment

2. The benefits of the gift

a. The spiritual benefits of the gift

b. The financial benefits of the gift

I. Paul's Final words to the Philippians (4:10-20)