Philippians and Colossians are two books in the group commonly known as the “prison epistles.” However, Philippians stands out as a favorite among Paul’s letters for many because its inspiring message of joy in the midst of trying circumstances. As you read Philippians, try to focus on the main theme of the letter: partnership in the gospel and walking worthy of the gospel. “Partnership” can be rendered as the same word for which this site is named after, “fellowship”, or in the Greek koinonia.
“Christian fellowship, then is self-sacrificing conformity to the gospel.” – D.A. Carson
Colossians is similar to Philippians but different in many ways. As you read, attempt to determine the purpose and occasion of each book.
10/22 – 10/29 — Week 7 – Read Philippians & Colossians
For my students and others who may want to answer these questions as they read. Here are some questions that may help to think about while your reading.
- Is there any command to obey?
- Is there any promise to believe?
- Is there a good example to follow?
- Is there any sin to avoid?
- Do I learn anything about God?
- Do I learn anything about man?
- Is there anything I can thank God for?
Related articles from Hip Fellows:
- Fellowship: About us : https://hipfellows.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/we-are/
- Philippians 4:4-9 (walklikeenoch.com)
- Is Your Faith based on “Another” Gospel? (fredswolfe.wordpress.com)
- Philippians 1: Introduction to Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (cutpaste.typepad.com)
- Critical Issues Commentary: Colossian Heresy, Part 2 (emmanuelch.wordpress.com)
- How do you deal with disappointments? (truthorshame.com)
- Religion and Gospel (garrettventry.wordpress.com)