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Themes from Philippians (from True Giving)

Malcolm WebberMalcolm Webber

The overarching theme of this letter is true giving. The one who truly gives is the true servant. Connected with this main theme are many sub-themes.

These are his beloved friends, and, unable to personally visit them at this time, Paul writes this letter to exhort them to humility, sacrifice, unity and the pursuit of God’s highest purposes.

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[1] If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, (Phil. 2:1)

[2] I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)

[3] Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends! (Phil. 4:1)

[4] But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. (Phil. 2:25)

[5] But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. (Phil. 2:17)

[6] Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Phil. 2:4)

[7] Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the Gospel. (Phil. 1:27)

[8] Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. (Phil. 2:14-16)

[9] being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:6)

[10] For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him, (Phil. 1:29)

[11] Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Phil. 4:4)

[12] Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:2)

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