Ode to JoyA Study in the Epistle to the        Philippians      By Samuel E. Ward                                1
Site of the Battle of Gettysburg                       Thee total                       number of men                     ...
Site of Battle of Philippi                      Octavian and                      Marc Antony                      defeate...
Aerial View of Ancient Philippi                                  4
Paul’s Path to Philippi                          5
The Egnatian WayThe roadtraveledby Paul toPhilippi                  Near Philippi                                  6
Philippi’s Christian Significance1. First, the Philippian church is the first church   to be planted in Europe.2. Second, ...
3. Third, Philippians is an epistle that gives us   an entirely different standard for giving and   fund-raising.4. Fourth...
Site of the Baptism of Lydiain the Krenides River Near at Philippi                                         9
Marketplace in Philippi: Paul and the slave girl possessed by an evil spirit                                          10
The Bema Seat at Philippi               The Judge and MagistratesThe Accused: Paul and Silas                              ...
Paul Writing a Letter While under House Arrest                                            12
One might suppose from considering Paul’scircumstances might have had little to be joyfulabout. And yet, he wrote this let...
(Phil 1:1-2 NIV)Paul and Timothy, servants ofChrist Jesus, To all the saints inChrist Jesus at Philippi, togetherwith the ...
I. This Letter Is an Expression of                  JoyA. Paul’s Joy Is the By-product of Thanksgiving   for the Philippia...
B. Paul’s Thanksgiving Brings Joy from Two   Precious Realizations, Phil 1:4-6.1. The Philippians have been his partners i...
Ponder the level of appreciation expressed in in  these words!a. “I always pray with joy for you.” What a   compliment!b. ...
2. God will complete His ongoing work in them   until Jesus Christ comes back, Phil 1:6.(Phil 1:6 NIV) [I am] confident of...
Ponder the depth of confidence in the outcomeof God’s work in the Philippians.a. This is confidence that is beyond the   “...
b. This is confidence in God’s ability to finish   what He starts in those who cooperate with   Him.c. This is confidence ...
Applications1. As a church, we need to commit ourselves to   be faithful partners with others in ministry—   especially ou...
2. We must give ourselves over to the work   that God wants to do in us as a church. Only   in this does God have reason t...
Consider Christ’s words to the church atEphesus:(Rev 2:1-5 NIV) "To the angel of the church inEphesus write: These are the...
{3} You have persevered and have enduredhardships for my name, and have not grownweary. {4} Yet I hold this against you: Y...
Learn These Lessons from the Ephesian Church:a. We cannot rest on the achievements of the past.    Much of that work was d...
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  1. 1. Ode to JoyA Study in the Epistle to the Philippians By Samuel E. Ward 1
  2. 2. Site of the Battle of Gettysburg Thee total number of men engaged in battle is estimated at over 165,000. Roughly one in three participants would become victims. No battle in the Civil War produced more casualties. 2
  3. 3. Site of Battle of Philippi Octavian and Marc Antony defeated Brutus (assassin of Julius Caesar) and his ally Cassius on these plains in 42 A.D. 3
  4. 4. Aerial View of Ancient Philippi 4
  5. 5. Paul’s Path to Philippi 5
  6. 6. The Egnatian WayThe roadtraveledby Paul toPhilippi Near Philippi 6
  7. 7. Philippi’s Christian Significance1. First, the Philippian church is the first church to be planted in Europe.2. Second, the church at Philippi is the only church suggested in the New Testament as a model for other churches. 7
  8. 8. 3. Third, Philippians is an epistle that gives us an entirely different standard for giving and fund-raising.4. Fourth, the Book of Philippians helps us to define biblical fellowship.5. Fifth, Philippians is a book that helps us get a proper perspective on unjust suffering, persecution, and even death. 8
  9. 9. Site of the Baptism of Lydiain the Krenides River Near at Philippi 9
  10. 10. Marketplace in Philippi: Paul and the slave girl possessed by an evil spirit 10
  11. 11. The Bema Seat at Philippi The Judge and MagistratesThe Accused: Paul and Silas 11
  12. 12. Paul Writing a Letter While under House Arrest 12
  13. 13. One might suppose from considering Paul’scircumstances might have had little to be joyfulabout. And yet, he wrote this letter of joy tohis dear friends at Philippi. And so he beginsthis . . . ODE TO JOY 13
  14. 14. (Phil 1:1-2 NIV)Paul and Timothy, servants ofChrist Jesus, To all the saints inChrist Jesus at Philippi, togetherwith the overseers and deacons:Grace and peace to you from Godour Father and the Lord JesusChrist. 14
  15. 15. I. This Letter Is an Expression of JoyA. Paul’s Joy Is the By-product of Thanksgiving for the Philippians, Phil 1:3.(Phil 1:3 NIV) I thank my God every time Iremember you. 15
  16. 16. B. Paul’s Thanksgiving Brings Joy from Two Precious Realizations, Phil 1:4-6.1. The Philippians have been his partners in the gospel since “day one,” Phil 1:4-5.(Phil 1:4-5 NIV) In all my prayers for all of you, Ialways pray with joy {5} because of yourpartnership in the gospel from the first dayuntil now. 16
  17. 17. Ponder the level of appreciation expressed in in these words!a. “I always pray with joy for you.” What a compliment!b. “You have been my partners in sharing the gospel from the first day.” What a commitment! 17
  18. 18. 2. God will complete His ongoing work in them until Jesus Christ comes back, Phil 1:6.(Phil 1:6 NIV) [I am] confident of this, that hewho began a good work in you will carry it onto completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 18
  19. 19. Ponder the depth of confidence in the outcomeof God’s work in the Philippians.a. This is confidence that is beyond the “shadow of doubt” that has been fostered by the Philippians’ own proven confidence in God. Their faith has been back up by their works. 19
  20. 20. b. This is confidence in God’s ability to finish what He starts in those who cooperate with Him.c. This is confidence in God’s continuance until the all the work is done and Christ returns. 20
  21. 21. Applications1. As a church, we need to commit ourselves to be faithful partners with others in ministry— especially our missionaries. 21
  22. 22. 2. We must give ourselves over to the work that God wants to do in us as a church. Only in this does God have reason to continue His work toward completing all of what He desires to do in and through us. His working within us is not automatic. 22
  23. 23. Consider Christ’s words to the church atEphesus:(Rev 2:1-5 NIV) "To the angel of the church inEphesus write: These are the words of him whoholds the seven stars in his right hand andwalks among the seven golden lampstands: {2}I know your deeds, your hard work and yourperseverance. I know that you cannot toleratewicked men, that you have tested those whoclaim to be apostles but are not, and havefound them false. 23
  24. 24. {3} You have persevered and have enduredhardships for my name, and have not grownweary. {4} Yet I hold this against you: You haveforsaken your first love. {5} Remember theheight from which you have fallen! Repent anddo the things you did at first. If you do notrepent, I will come to you and remove yourlampstand from its place. 24
  25. 25. Learn These Lessons from the Ephesian Church:a. We cannot rest on the achievements of the past. Much of that work was done by others and we must take ownership of the present.b. We cannot rest on the victories of the past. There are still spiritual battles to be fought for the welfare of souls lost and saved.c. We must return to our first love, Jesus Christ, and let all other affections become take their proper place in submission to Christ’s will.d. If we do not, our lampstand will be removed. 25

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