A 12-week Practical Study Series on the Book of Philippians | TGC Courses

Paul had a long history with the Philippian Christians, beginning with the conversion of Lydia’s family, a demon-possessed girl, and the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:14–40). Paul returned to Philippi at least twice, but mutual care and communication between the apostle and the Philippian church seem to have been regular. He prayed frequently for them with much thankfulness and affection (Phil. 1:3–11). The Philippians stood with Paul, financially and otherwise, when others did not (Phil. 1:7; 4:14–16). In concern for Paul’s present imprisonment (Phil. 1:12–19), they sent one of their best men, Epaphroditus, to bring financial support and to minister to Paul’s needs (Phil. 2:25). While imprisoned in Rome, in roughly AD 62, Paul pens this letter we know as Philippians. He writes to thank the members of the Philippian church for their care for him and support of his ministry. He writes to assure them that despite his present imprisonment, the gospel is spreading (Phil. 1:12–18) and that he is well cared for (Phil. 4:18). He also relays that Epaphroditus, their messenger, is well after having become ill on his journey to Paul (Phil. 2:26–30). Epaphroditus is now returning to the Philippians with Paul’s letter. Timothy, another worthy servant and Paul’s “right-hand man,” may be coming in due course (Phil. 2:19)—and Paul himself is eager to do the same, if the Lord permits (Phil. 1:8, 25–26). [Read More]