Bible Study – “Philippians” – Introduction & FREE Resources

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Table of Contents:

Introduction and FREE Study Guide
Week 1 – Part 1
Week 1 – Part 2
Week 2 – Part 1
Week 2 – Part 2
Week 3 – Part 1
Week 3 – Part 2
Week 4 – Part 1
Week 4 – Part 2 (Conclusion)

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Welcome to week 1, part 1 of our study on Philippians! If you’ve never done an online study with us before, I hope you’ll be encouraged to join in. There’s really nothing you have to do, but dig into the word along with us. We’re studying the book of Philippians, but before we do that, we’re taking a closer look at Paul, his conversion, his mission, his sufferings, and his relationship to the Philippian church.

I went through this study during my summer break, and each time I dug into the word I was left with a sense of empowerment and joy. It got me thinking about life in an entirely different way. Paul had me focused and engaged.

I was reminded that my faith is bigger than my fear. I could see that God’s plan for my future is better than anything I’m holding on to in this life. I knew that all things work together for good when I put my trust in Jesus Christ. I realized that joy is mine for the taking, and I started to practice a better way of thinking.

This is only a glimpse of the many things I gleaned throughout this study. My words can’t do it justice, but The Holy Spirit can. And so I pray that you will start this journey with us today as we discover the incomparable joy of Christian living. I pray that your hearts and minds will be opened to both understanding the scripture and experiencing a deeper relationship with God.

If you know someone who needs encouragement and joy, or perhaps you have a group of friends who could benefit from this study, send them a link to this page, with an invitation to download the FREE study guide and printable resources.

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FAQ: How do I participate in this study? 

It’s simple. If you haven’t done so already, download a copy of the FREE Bible study guide. You’ll find the download further down this page.

On Mondays I’ll have new printables for you (see links below) including scripture cards, questions, week-at-a-glance, and a coloring page. Friday is a recap of the week, and my thoughts on the study.

During the week, you’ll study at home, following the outline of the study guide. You can study alone or with a group of friends–well suited for either.

In addition to my posts here, you can find me on Facebook. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, I’ll post my journal entries and share my thoughts. I’ll also open up the discussion for you to share your thoughts.

Here is a link to my facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/timewarpwife

Note: You’ll also see a copy of my Bible Study/journal below (available at Amazon – affil link). This is an optional addition to the study. Unlike my previous journals, it contains everything in the study guide as well as the entire book of Philippians (KJV), coloring pages, thought-provoking questions, and my thoughts on the study. Not to worry however, if you’re using the free study guide, you’ll still have access to all of this in the form of free printables, and Friday’s recap here on the blog.

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Introduction: Philippians: The Joy of Christian Living

While the book of Philippians is a small one, consisting of only 4 chapters, it’s a book that’s packed full of encouragement for today’s Christian walk.

Throughout the book Paul refers to the joy that is available to all Christians, and while the main theme of the book leans toward joy, it’s also about humility, peace, obedience, and contentment.

Paul urges the church to adhere to the gospel of Christ, and to be aware of false teachers. He also encourages them to rejoice and to live joyful lives.

The emphasis on joy and contentment makes the book of Philippians a favorite to many.

The study opens up with a focus on Paul, his conversion, his mission, his visit to the Philippian church in the book of Acts, and his suffering. By gaining a better understanding of the author and his relationship to the church, we have a deeper understanding of his letter to them.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

P.S. See the colouring page below? Come back here on Friday to continue our study on “Philippians.” I’ll have another colouring page for you then!

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ONLINE RESOURCES: 

These are my favourite online Bible study tools!

Bible Gateway – Every version you can imagine is online
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
Looking for an easier commentary? Here’s the Concise Version
Other commentaries you might prefer
Interlinear Bible – I love this one!
Blue Letter Bible – Dig into the Hebrew and Greek
Bible Word Search

 Get the Book!
Philippians Bible Study Journal
(an OPTIONAL addition to the study) 

Click here to view on Amazon (affil link)

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THIS WEEK’S RESOURCES

WEEK AT A GLANCE

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STUDY QUESTIONS

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SCRIPTURE CARDS – 7 per week – 30 in total

Click here to view and print this weeks cards:

Week 1 – Page 1  |  Week 1 – Page 2

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COLORING PAGE

Click here to print this colouring page. Come back on Friday for another one!
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FREE BIBLE STUDY GUIDE

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Written by Darlene Schacht

I'm an Evangelical Christian whose number one priority is to serve Jesus Christ in every area of my life. My husband Michael and I live in Manitoba Canada. Married 25 years, we have four children (three still at home), a bird and two pugs who are everyone's babies, especially mine! Our lives are basically surrounded with three things: our faith, music and everything books. I’m an award winning and New York Times best-selling author who is nothing without the grace of God. Facebook: timewarpwife Twitter: timewarpwife Pinterest: timewarpwife

32 Comments

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    Caitlin Lynch says:

    This is my first study Im doing with you and am so excited! Thank you for putting so much hard work and inspiration into your ministry.. You have already touched my life and I am so thankful.

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    Evelyn says:

    I am really excited to go through this! My sister-in-law and I bought the books and will start next week since I am helping with VBS week and won’t finish my current bible study until friday. Can’t wait! Joy is something I have always struggled with.

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    DebbieAnn says:

    Thank you! All the printables are absolutely beautiful; calling my name in pure joy! I purchased the book through Amazon which I am extremely happy about and now adding your art work is inviting to say the least! Looking forward to this journey!

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    Robin Miller says:

    This is my first Bible Study with you,And I am Loving it.Paul is my Favorite. Thank You so much for being Obedient and doing what God has layed on your heart to do.And using the many talents that God has gave you.

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    Ashley says:

    I have a question! How does Acts 2:4 relate to Saul and his conversion into Paul? I ended up reading all of Acts 2 to try to get some context, but I am still lost!!

    I’m loving this bible study. Thank you for all you do!

    • That’s a good question. It’s connected to verse 17, “And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

      And so we see that Paul was filled with the Holy Ghost just as the disciples were in Acts 2:4.

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    Marta Sparks says:

    I’m very Excited to do this study I’m hoping to catch up today.Monday my son 11yrs old Went to his FIRST day in 6th grade Jr High .First hour I picked him up he had gotten sick..His Anxiety is so high He cried all Monday night missed Tuesday..he cried and shook tonight but I got him asleep and He is Going today even though he is so Afraid..Its a big school..He don’t realize His area is very small..May I ask For Prayers Please Please for God to step in and calm him..I continue to pray I tell him Jesus is with him..I give ALOT of positive encouragements.. And I ask for all he is terrified of and I answer with positive..I’m going to try and catch up my Study I have been looking for a Bible a study and Here Is Right where I need to be..I knew satan was going to battle me..But WOW..By using my poor baby..As I write I just realized why this is happening..DYLAN ALWAYS LOVED SCHOOL!!.I Had been doing book studies online about God BUT I’ve been wanting BIBLE STUDY for along time..and Philippines is where I need to be..Sorry so long I haven’t slept much in 3 days..I’m so very BLESSED BY GOD,HE directed me here..God is stronger then anything and ALL THINGS The Great ‘I AM’, He is Alfa and Omega Beginning and End..Praise Jesus That I am lead here by Him..God Bless you all..I’ll be joining on Facebook also..Hugs

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    Robin Lauback says:

    I am trying this again!! Philippian’s Study here we go!! For Monday – What did I learn about Paul’s conversion? If God wants you on His team, he will make it happen or should I say He wants everyone on His team, He just figures out the time, it may not always fit your schedule, it’s not suppose too!! and He will bring you sometimes to a low point, but He won’t leave you there, when you realize God is your only way (life, light and love) you become a child of God, I am 51 and just in the past 3 yrs I am starting to realize all this and letting God take control of me, He gave me a big push 3yrs ago in a grocery store of all places 🙂 Robin

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    Robin Lauback says:

    What do we know about Paul prior to his conversion? People seem to idolize him or maybe they were scared him because of what he was doing , he was destroying the church, killing or putting people in prison, he opposed the name of the Lord, he did not believe in the Lord in the beginning, He was born a jew, he was zealous for God but in the wrong way, he thought he was better then anyone else, a life of Judism.

    Paul’s mission the Gentiles: He recognized his past behavior as not good, but he didn’t let the get in the way of letting God show him that there is a better way and the God loved him and that if we would have faith I God in our lives , we could be different/better

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    Nelia says:

    I’m new to your studies…. I’ve printed everything and have begun following the study guide, but I’m not sure how we’re reading Philippians. Is it one chapter per week like on Good Morning Girls?
    Thank you

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    Wendy Saddler says:

    Greetings Darlene!!
    I am doing this study, despite not having the books for it, and really enjoying it. I am wondering if there is some way to obtain the books for this study, besides online, that wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg. You see I am on a fixed income, and EVERY penny is needed. Can you offer any suggestions??

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    Robin Lauback says:

    I am trying this again!! Philippian’s Study here we go!! For Monday – What did I learn about Paul’s conversion? If God wants you on His team, he will make it happen or should I say He wants everyone on His team, He just figures out the time, it may not always fit your schedule, it’s not suppose too!! and He will bring you sometimes to a low point, but He won’t leave you there, when you realize God is your only way (life, light and love) you become a child of God, I am 51 and just in the past 3 yrs I am starting to realize all this and letting God take control of me, He gave me a big push 3yrs ago in a grocery store of all places 🙂 Robin

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    Robin Lauback

    August 10, 2016 at 9:13 am – Reply

    What do we know about Paul prior to his conversion? People seem to idolize him or maybe they were scared him because of what he was doing , he was destroying the church, killing or putting people in prison, he opposed the name of the Lord, he did not believe in the Lord in the beginning, He was born a jew, he was zealous for God but in the wrong way, he thought he was better then anyone else, a life of Judism.

    Paul’s mission the Gentiles: He recognized his past behavior as not good, but he didn’t let the get in the way of letting God show him that there is a better way and the God loved him and that if we would have faith I God in our lives , we could be different/better

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    Looking forward to this study. Thank you so much for offering it free. I just need to find a way to print all of the resources from my phone. Going to ask my daughter about that. I need (we ALL need) joy in our lives.

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    Neshia says:

    Without joy, there’s no strength; without strength you lack the the get-up to fight off the enemy, you lose peace, which causes you to lose focus, which causes you to worry and stress instead of leaning on, depending on, and trusting in God. We have to be able to stay focused when everyone else seems to be going with the motions.

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    Joy Fulkerson says:

    I just found this study and am wondering if the resources will be available for a while or just until the study is over.

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    Tina Martin says:

    I’m so excited about this study !!! What week are you on or how do I catch up……are you doing more than this one ??

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    Lauren says:

    Hi, is week 4 recap going to be posted or is there not one on this study…it says it’s still in progress. I got behind. 🙁

    Thank you! Am excited to start the new one too!

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