• Joy/Rejoice appear over a dozen times (1:4,18,25;2:2,17,18,28,29;3:1;4:1,4,10)       
  • City of Philippi:
  • Church at Philippi:
  • Author and Place of Writing:
  • Reasons for Paul not to be joyful:

Opening Greeting Key Words: (1:1-2)

Bondservants (voluntary slave), Saints (holy people, set apart for God)
Overseers (Elders/Leaders of the church), Deacons (Practical service)

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.”  
-Paul to the elders of the Church at Ephesus,  Acts 20:28


Paul’s main source of joy was knowing Christ and spreading the good news about Him. Christ and the gospel are mentioned 24 times in chapter 1! But that’s only the beginning! In Philippians, Paul shares several other keys to a real, enduring joy; and Philippians 1:1-11 points us to the first key:

Paul uses 3 thoughts that describe true Christian fellowship/partnership in Phil. 1:3-11.

  • The Joy of Remembering (1:3) 
  • The Joy of Praying for one another (1:4)
  • The Joy of Partnering with one another (1:5)- having something in common       
  • The Joy of Hope (1:6)
  • The Joy of Loving One Another (1:7-8)
  • The Joy of Praying for one another (1:9)
  • The Joy of growing together and bringing glory to God (1:10-11)

Godly love produces spiritual excellence, which produces integrity, which produces spiritual fruit, which brings glory to God! When we are busy partnering with others to do what we were made to do, we can have a real, enduring joy in the midst of any circumstances that may come our way.

“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
-Phil. 1:21

It makes no difference what happens to me, as long as the gospel is shared and Christ is glorified.