Philippians 1



Philippians 1 is a letter filled with gratitude, joy, and encouragement. Paul expresses his thankfulness for the partnership in the gospel, updates the Philippians on his situation, and encourages them to live in a manner worthy of the gospel, standing firm in unity and faith.


  1. Greetings and Thanksgiving (Philippians 1:1-11): Paul begins his letter with greetings and thanksgiving. He expresses his gratitude for the partnership in the gospel that the Philippian believers share with him. He prays for their love to abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment, so they may approve what is excellent and be filled with the fruit of righteousness.
  2. Paul's Imprisonment and Gospel Progress (Philippians 1:12-18): Paul informs the Philippians that his imprisonment has served to advance the gospel. Despite challenges, he rejoices that Christ is proclaimed. Some preach with good motives, while others do so with selfish ambition, but Paul is content because the message of Christ is spreading.
  3. Life or Death, Christ is Honored (Philippians 1:19-26): Paul expresses his hope and expectation that he will not be put to shame but will honor Christ in life or death. He struggles with the desire to depart and be with Christ, but he sees greater benefit in continuing to serve the Philippian believers and others.
  4. Conduct Worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27-30): Paul encourages the Philippians to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel, standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side for the faith. He notes that they have been granted the privilege of suffering for Christ's sake, which is a sign of their salvation.