The Clear Word 

A Ministry Of Mid-State Ministries  

Introductory lessons into the book of Philippians
By Evangelist Paul Dodson

Chapter 1
Verse 1
Lesson 2

Read Philippians 1:1-6

It is good when first starting a Bible study to stop and pray and ask God to give you wisdom as you study His Word.

Now that we have established that Paul was the person who pinned the words in Philippians, let us take a quick look at the Church that the letter was written to.  Of course the name of the letter tells us that it was written to a church in the town of Philippi. It is most likely that the letter was circulated among several churches in Philippi since this was the custom of the day.  The Church (whether one or several) had an interesting start.

In Acts 16:9,10 we learn how Paul ended up going to Philippi in the first place... "And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them."  Philippi was the major city in Macedonia and was the hub for most all commerce.  

The former name of this city was Dathos. It was repaired and adorned by Philip, the father of Alexander the Great, and after him was called Philippi. In Acts 16:12 we also learn that Philippi was a "colony" which simply means it was under Roman control.  This is important to know because Romans really did not like people preaching about Jesus Christ in their region. As mentioned in lesson one, Paul eventually ended up in prison for preaching the Gospel...and ultimately put to death.

As we read Acts 16:13-40 we learn that Paul's call to go to Philippi was not the only supernatural event involved in the church at Philippi getting started.  First, a Lady who believed in God heard their preaching, trusted Christ and was baptized.  But not only her, but also her whole household... (verse14) "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul" . Her home ended up being the place they stayed while inPhilippi. She was their first convert.

The next person they encountered was another lady, but this one was not as nice.  She was possessed with an evil spirit of divination.  Paul, in the name of Jesus Christ, cast out the evil spirit and in so doing ended up in jail. However, what satan meant for evil, God meant for good.  At night while they were in jail, Paul and Silas was singing and praising the Lord.  God sent an earthquake which loosened their chains, and opened the door.  But instead of running away, Paul and Silas stayed their and as a result of their testimony, the jailer trusted Christ, as well as his household, and all were baptized.

As a result of Paul's obedience to go, and these two households being saved and baptized, the church in Philippi was started and became a great Church.  


(1) Was this letter written to one church or possible to several churches in Philippi?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(2)  What book of the Bible do we find information regarding the start of the church in Philippi? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(3) What made Paul decide to go to Philippi? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(4) What country was the town of Philippi in?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(5) Who was the first convert in Philippi?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(6) Did this person believe in God before she was saved and baptized?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(7) Given the fact that Satan believes in God and is not saved, and this woman in Philippi believed in God and still needed to be saved, would it be safe to say that just because one believes in God does not mean they are saved? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(8) To whom does one need to believe in to be saved? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Act_4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

(9)  In both cases where people were saved in Philippi, their whole households were also saved.  What does this say regarding a persons first mission field?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(10)  Paul and Silas was chained in prison while in Philippi yet they were singing and praising God.  What do you think our attitude should be when going through tough times? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(11) Paul and Silas had a chance to escape being wrongfully imprisoned, yet did not, and as a result the jailer and his whole family were saved.  What does this tell us regarding how our actions should be, even when we are wronged? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(12)  What was the first thing both of the families that were saved in Philippi did after being saved? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(13) Many times while reading or studying the Bible, a verse, a word, or a situation that you read will spark a thought.  This thought could be anything from an encouraging feeling from God or a strong chastisement regarding something in your life.  It could be a word from God to repent of some sin in your life, or a new direction God wants you to go. It may be something big, or something seemingly small. Whatever it was, if God impressed upon you something, it is important. Did this happen to you while doing this lesson? If so, write it down so you don't forget it, and then spend some time praying about it.  Until next time, may God bless your walk with Him.