May 18, 2019

Philippians 1:1-8

The word “joy” or one of its forms appears 16 times in these four chapters.

Some observations concerning the letter itself include the following:

No Old Testament quotations are found in the letter.

Philippians is a genuine letter as compared to Romans, which is more like a manifesto than a letter.

Doctrinal truth is not Paul’s main emphasis. His words convey practical advice, not dogma.

Philippians is Christ-centered. “Christ” appears 40 times (every 2-3 verses).