Thoughts: Paul had a special affection for the church he founded at Philippi. The first two chapters are filled with his love for the Philippians.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.…”
“…I have you in my heart.…”
“…how greatly I long after you all….”
By chapter three, Paul is less doting and more admonitory. He warms the Philippians against false teachers, who have convinced the Philippians that they are practically perfect – a concept the Philippians were delighted to accept.
Even I, Paul writes, am not perfect. But, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Discussion: What does Paul mean by “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gains”?
Activity: Find your own favorite verse in Philippians and memorize it.
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