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Philippians: Discipleship Lessons
Exposition and Bible Study in 9 lessons

A 138-page book by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

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Philippians is Paul’s epistle of joy and passion.

For an epistle of only 104 verses – four brief chapters – Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is amazingly profound. At one level, it is a poignant epistle from a jailed apostle to a beloved supporting church. At another, it contains an exhilarating hymn of Christ’s humility and exaltation, and offers a glimpse into Paul’s intense passion to know Christ.

From the standpoint of material to develop discipleship, Philippians is rich. Paul:

  • Models how to bear suffering without self-pity,
  • Describes the immediacy of Christ’s presence at death,
  • Offers one of the most important Christological passages in the Bible,
  • Urges us to live holy lives to shine like stars in a dark world,
  • Presses us towards the goal of fulfilling God’s call in our lives,
  • Teaches us how to rejoice, how to pray, how to find peace, and
  • Explains why we can trust God to meet our every need with abundance.

Philippians is inspiring, warming, challenging, encouraging. It’s an upbeat letter, full of joy and rejoicing. But the lessons of faith and discipleship it teaches are not just “feel-goods.” They are deep, enduring perspectives on how to face problems, stress, and struggle – and grow through them, rather than wilting under the pressure. Philippians is powerful stuff!

This volume explores Philippians in nine lessons. Thought-provoking discussion questions make it a useful tool for personal enrichment, small groups, and classes. Extensive footnotes assist teachers and preachers with background research for sermon preparation.

Here's the basic table of contents:

Preface 3
Table of Contents 4
Abbreviations and References 9
Introduction to Philippians 11
1. Approve What Is Excellent (1:1-11) 20
2. Struggles that Advance the Gospel (1:12-30) 30
3. He Emptied Himself (2:1-11) 44
4. God Is at Work in You (2:12-18) 60
5. Christian Character: Timothy and Epaphroditus (2:19-30) 69
6. That I May Know Him (3:1-11) 79
7. Pressing Toward the Goal (3:12-4:1) 92
8. Rejoice in the Lord Always (4:1-9) 104
9. A Partnership in Giving and Receiving (4:10-23) 115
Appendix 1. The Nicene Creed 126
Appendix 2: Participant Handouts for Classes and Groups 127
Appendix 3. Other Philippians Resources 137

You can purchase this 138-page book either as an e-book or a printed book.

  Philippians: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, JesusWalk Bible Study SeriesPaperback format, $12.95, must be ordered through and other online booksellers. You may also ask your local bookstore to order it. The paperback book has 138 pages and is 7.5" x 9.25". ISBN 978-0-9847340-4-7 or 098473404X). Available about February 6, 2012.

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