Any Christian feeling down or discouraged should study Paul’s great letter to the Philippians.  No book in the Bible addresses the secrets to Christian joy like Philippians. What was Paul’s secret? How could he remain joyful in his circumstances? We find out by studying this letter.

Purpose of Bible Study Guide on Philippians

I compiled this Philippians Bible study guide to help Christians in their personal study. This guide is designed for those who study the Bible using an English translation. The original Greek will be referenced, but the guide does not require any knowledge of New Testament Greek.

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Introductory Material to the Book of Philippians

Brief Introduction to Philippians

Philippians Introduction gives a brief introduction to Philippians.  This can supplement what you can read in your study Bible. This article includes the following:

  1. Background: authorship, recipient, current circumstance and historical situation, author’s purposes, and overall theme.
  2. Chapter summary: one sentence summary of each chapter.
  3. Book outline: outline summary of each major section and paragraph of the book.
  4. Bible dictionary entries of (a) city of Philippi, (b) citizens of Philippi, and (c) church of Philippi.

Philippians Overview PDF Handouts

  • Philippians in Paragraph Form:  Philippians in English Standard Version (ESV) formatted in paragraph form.  This is useful to read the epistle without any chapter or verse markings.
  • Philippians Parallel Study:  Compares Philippians in three English translations:  English Standard Version (ESV), NASB (New American Standard Bible), and NET Bible.
  • Philippians Propositional Outline:  Philippians in English Standard Version (ESV) formatted in a propositional outline.  This is a good starting point to analyze the syntactical relationships of the clauses and phrases of each sentence.  This is extracted from the Propositional Outline by Logos Bible Software.
  • Philippi Atlas Map: Map that shows the location of Philippi and other important cities during the first century AD.

Guide to Single Volume Commentaries on Philippians

If you decide you want to purchase a commentary dedicated to the study of Philippians, here is my updated guide to the best Philippians commentaries.

9 Best Commentaries on Philippians

Philippians Bible Study Passage Guide and Walk–Through

PHILIPPIANS 1:1-11 – GREETING, THANKSGIVING, AND PRAYER

PHILIPPIANS 1:12-18 – PAUL’S IMPRISONMENT

PHILIPPIANS 1:19-26 – PAUL TORN BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

PHILIPPIANS 1:27-30 – UNITY IN CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11 – UNITY THROUGH CHRISTLIKE HUMILITY

PHILIPPIANS 2:12-18 – PURITY IN A WICKED GENERATION

PHILIPPIANS 2:19-30 – TIMOTHY AND EPAPHRODITUS

PHILIPPIANS 3:1-11 – WARNING AGAINST CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH

PHILIPPIANS 3:12-21 – PRESSING ON TOWARD THE GOAL

PHILIPPIANS 4:1-9 – EXHORTATIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS

PHILIPPIANS 4:10-20 – GENEROSITY OF THE PHILIPPIANS

PHILIPPIANS 4:21-23 – CLOSING GRACE

Philippians Exegetical Phrasing Diagrams (PDF)

Below are PDF handouts of phrasing diagrams of Philippians. These diagrams attempt to show the syntactical relationships of clauses and phrases in each sentence. On the left side, the English Standard Version (ESV) is diagrammed. On the right side, the NA28 Greek text is diagrammed.

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