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Philippians 1 - NIV

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons[a] :

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 I thank my God every time I remember you.

4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy

5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.

8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[b] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[c] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.

16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,

19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.[d]

20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!

23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,

26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Life Worthy of the Gospel

27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[e] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel

28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,

30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.


a. Philippians 1:1 The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in Romans 16:1 and 1 Tim. 3:8,12.
b. Philippians 1:12 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 14; and in 3:1, 13, 17; 4:1, 8, 21.
c. Philippians 1:13 Or whole palace
d. Philippians 1:19 Or vindication; or salvation
e. Philippians 1:27 Or in one spirit

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Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2017
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Shared by: Barnabas Park on Jan, 2017
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Scripture: Philippians 1:21
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Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Jan, 2017
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Scripture: Philippians 1:1-30
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Shared by: Rodney Fry on Dec, 2016
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Shared by: Robert Shearon on Dec, 2016
Summary: Like a football coach in the press box, God has a better vantage point to help us life our lives.
Scripture: Philippians 1:1
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Shared by: randy edwards on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: Dan Carroll on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: David Henderson on Nov, 2016
Summary: What would you do if you knew you were dying? How would you speak to others? What would change?
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Scripture: Philippians 1:20-26
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Views: 185
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Shared by: Ken Henson on Nov, 2016
Summary: When we give to the LORD's work we are blessed immediately with the joy of participating in something bigger than ourselves. We also look forward to eternal rewards as God gives to us rewards for the reach of our gift far beyond what would could imagine.
Scripture: Philippians 1:3-6
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Shared by: Ken Henson on Nov, 2016
Summary: How do you pray for one you love dearly? Paul demonstrates a prayer for abounding love, knowledge, insight, discernment of excellence, purity without offense, righteous fruit and glory to God.
Scripture: Philippians 1:7-11
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Shared by: Christopher Benfield on Oct, 2016
Summary: The church faced difficulty within a culture loyal to Rome. While they were subject to Roman authority, their primary responsibility was to the Sovereign Lord. We are citizens of two worlds, and our allegiance belongs to Christ. We must always honor Him.
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Shared by: Rick Burdette on Oct, 2016
Summary: Missions, Togetherness, The Gospel
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The Benefits of Imprisonment
Shared by: Ken Henson on Oct, 2016
Summary: When our base drives are confined by the shackles of God’s love, they are morphed into rockets of exploration. I believe Paul and Timothy invite us to join them in prison and slavery, and, thereby, to become agents of unimaginable liberation.
Scripture: Philippians 1:1-2
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Shared by: Christopher Benfield on Oct, 2016
Summary: Although Paul desired to be in the Lord's presence, he knew it was more needful to remain for the church. He was determined to glorify Christ in life or death. We too need to remain committed and faithful to the work the Lord given us.
Scripture: Philippians 1:19-26
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Shared by: Christopher Benfield on Sep, 2016
Summary: Even though Paul was in bonds, he rejoiced that the Gospel continued to be preached. He refused to allow his circumstances create despair. We too must seek every opportunity to share our faith, while rejoicing for others who are committed as well.
Scripture: Philippians 1:12-18
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Shared by: Lyle Asbill on Sep, 2016
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A Prayer of Purpose
Shared by: Christopher Benfield on Sep, 2016
Summary: Paul loved the church at Philippi and was committed to praying for them. We need to share the same commitment to pray for the church. There are real people with real needs, that need specific prayers.
Scripture: Philippians 1:9-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 227
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Partners in the Faith
Shared by: Christopher Benfield on Sep, 2016
Summary: Paul was confident in the Lord and committed to the church. We need to share his confidence in the Lord and a genuine commitment and devotion to the church.
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Scripture: Philippians 1:3-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 163
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A Greeting of Grace
Shared by: Christopher Benfield on Aug, 2016
Summary: Although Paul was imprisoned, he sought to encourage the church at Philippi. He urged them to focus on Christ and His grace. Like Paul, we need to encourage others while keeping our focus on the Lord. He must be central to all we do.
Scripture: Philippians 1:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,548
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Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Aug, 2016
Summary: The translation we heard states that the servants are waiting for the master a better translation describes servants who are expecting the master.Waiting is passive, much like waiting for a bus or a cab. Expecting denotes excitement, energy, enthusiasm.
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Shared by: Pastor: Jose Luis Dejoy on Jun, 2016
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Scripture: Philippians 1:28
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Shared by: Marion Bell Hill on Jun, 2016
Summary: Everything God has started in us He is able to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Philippians 1:1-11
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Views: 362
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Jun, 2016
Summary: This is the final lesson in this series. It shows the opportunity we have to express joy, gratitude and God's glory through prayer.
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Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11
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Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on Apr, 2016
Summary: To discuss Paul's prayer for Philippi. This should be our prayer for this congregation in all earnest and sincerity. That it abound in love and grace; approve of things that are excellent; and abide blamelessly until the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Apr, 2016
Summary: A sermon examining the fact that Heaven is waiting for the believer, but there is still work to do on earth.
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Scripture: Philippians 1:21-26
Denomination: Baptist
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD meant us to be living sacrifices here on earth for the furherance of the gospel. Matthew 28:19 (Amplified Bible) Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Sp
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Shared by: Derrick Strickland on Mar, 2016
Summary: What is "Triumphant Joy" ?
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Scripture: Philippians 1:13-30
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Triumphant Joy Refined
Shared by: Derrick Strickland on Mar, 2016
Summary: Paul gives the church in Philippi the keys to refining our Joy.
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Shared by: Nigel Heath on Mar, 2016
Summary: Only when we can say, 'For me to live is Christ' can we truly say, 'to die is gain'. Spiritual maturity is the outcome of a life truly surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord.
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Shared by: C. Philip Green on Feb, 2016
Summary: If we want to promote the good news of God’s love, then we must stand together in suffering for the Savior.
Series: Philippians
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Scripture: Philippians 1:27-30
Denomination: Evangelical Free
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