National Association of Christian Ministers Summary Series

The Book of Philippians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Philippi, a Roman colony in ancient Macedonia (modern-day Greece). The letter was likely written during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome around AD 60-62.

In the letter, Paul expresses his gratitude for the Philippians’ support and partnership in the gospel. He encourages them to continue to live in unity and to imitate the humility and sacrificial love of Christ. He also addresses false teachers who were promoting circumcision and other Jewish customs as necessary for salvation, emphasizing that salvation is by faith in Christ alone.

Paul also shares his personal experiences and struggles, including his imprisonment and the opposition he faced from fellow believers. He expresses his confidence in the power of Christ to sustain him and his hope for his eventual release.

Throughout the letter, Paul emphasizes the importance of joy, thankfulness, and contentment in the Christian life, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. He also encourages the Philippians to focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable, and to practice these virtues in their own lives.

Overall, the Book of Philippians is a letter of encouragement and exhortation, emphasizing the importance of humility, unity, and joy in the Christian life. Paul’s deep affection for the Philippians shines through in his warm and personal writing style.