Summary: This is the fill in the blank for the Bible study of Phillip from 12 Ordinary Men. See also notes from the Bible Study found in the series of sermons here.
Note: This is a study from the book 12 Ordinary Men by John McArthur an excellent book. This is the fill in the blank outline from Adult Bible Fellowships of First Baptist Church Orion. This is not original but worth posting for study.
Twelve Ordinary Men
Philip – the Bean Counter
Philip answered Him,“Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have little.” – John 6:7
I. Some general observations about Philip:
a. In the four biblical lists of the Twelve, the ________ name on every list is Philip. This
apparently signifies that Philip was the ________ of the second group of four.
b. Philip is a ________ name, meaning “lover of horses.” He must also have had a Jewish name, but it is never
given. Based on this, it is likely that Philip came from a family of Hellenistic Jews.
c. Don’t confuse him with Philip the _____________, the man we meet in Acts 6 who became an evangelist and
led the _____________ to Christ.
d. He, along with Nathanael and Thomas the Twin, was a ____________from _______________, just like the
first group of four.
e. It seems that unlike the first four apostles, Philip was a _______________, a ________, and sometimes a ______________.
II. His Call (John 1:43-46)
a. He was technically the first apostle that Jesus ______________.
b. What was the first thing Philip did after Jesus called him to follow Him?
c. It is obvious from what he said to Nathanael that he, along with the other five fishermen from Bethsaida who
had gone to hear John the Baptist, had been looking for the _______________.
d. When he found Jesus, he accepted him wholeheartedly and unhesitatingly. This was actually out of
____________ for him which goes to show how the Lord had prepared his ___________.
III. The Feeding of the Five Thousand (John 6:1-14)
a. At his first encounter with Christ we see Philip’s spiritual side; here we see his ____________ side.
b. Why did Jesus ask Philip where they would buy bread for so many? John says it was to _______ him. But why
Philip? Because he was apparently the apostolic administrator – the ________ counter.
c. Although he had seen Jesus work miracles already, when he saw that great crowd, he lapsed into
IV. The Visit of the Greeks
a. They probably sought out Philip because of his ______ and family.
b. Philip, because of his administrative personality, was concerned about policies and protocol.
c. So Philip took the Greeks to _____________.
d. He had another opportunity to step out in ______ and again he missed it.
V. The Upper Room (John 14:1-11)
a. In verse 7, Jesus added an explicit claim about His own deity: “If you had known Me, you would have known
My _____________ also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
b. Philip’s response to Jesus claim here is ________________ and sad especially when we remember how
eagerly he responded when Jesus first called him.
c. If we were interviewing Philip for the _______ to which Jesus had called him, we might say, “He’s out. You
can’t make him into one of the twelve most important people in the history of the world.”
d. But we can hear Jesus say, “He’s exactly what I’m looking for. For My _____________ is made perfect in
Tradition tells us that Philip was greatly used in the spread of the early church and was among the first of
the apostles to suffer martyrdom. By most accounts he was put to death by stoning at Heliopolis in Asia
Minor, eight years after the martyrdom of James. Before his death, multitudes came to Christ under his
Philip obviously overcame the human tendencies that so often hampered his faith, and he stands with the
other apostles as proof that “God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who
think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose
things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the
world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”