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Philippians Interesting Facts, And Scripture Writing Plan

Updated: Jul 3

The Book of Philippians, written by the Apostle Paul during his imprisonment in Rome, is a powerful letter filled with themes of joy, unity, and perseverance. Addressed to the first European church established in Philippi, this epistle encourages believers to rejoice in the Lord despite circumstances and to live lives worthy of the gospel.

Engaging deeply with Philippians through scripture writing can enhance your understanding, memorization, and personal application of its teachings. This blog post will explore interesting facts about the book of Philippians and provide a structured 4-week scripture writing plan to help you immerse yourself in its timeless wisdom.

philippians facts and scripture writing plan

Philippians Facts, And Scripture Writing Plan

Looking for more joy in your life? Dive into the Book of Philippians with our Philippians scripture writing plan. By committing to a 4-week scripture writing plan for Philippians, you create space for God to speak to you through His Word, transforming your heart and mind, and filling your life with joy and purpose.

How long will it take to write out the book of Philippians?

Spending just 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, you can easily write out the entire Book of Philippians in 4 weeks. This 4-week scripture writing plan gives you 2 grace days each week for rest or catch-up. We’ve made it easy for you with a printable version that includes a beautiful journal and bonus devotional questions for deeper reflection on your grace days.

Here are the steps to easily use this Bible study method:

  1. S - Scripture: Choose a passage or verse from the Bible to study. Read the passage carefully and ask yourself what it is saying.

  2. O - Observation: Write down any observations or insights you have about the passage. This can include details about the context, the characters, the message, or any other relevant information.

  3. A - Application: Think about how you can apply the passage to your life. Ask yourself what it teaches you about God, about yourself, and about how to live.

  4. P - Prayer: End your study time with a prayer. Ask God to help you apply the passage to your life and to give you the strength to live out what you have learned.

Philippians scripture writing printable


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Philippians Scripture Writing Plan

Here is the 4-week plan:

Week 1

Day 1: Philippians 1:1-6

Day 2: Philippians 1:7-11

Day 3: Philippians 1:12-18

Day 4: Philippians 1:19-26

Day 5: Philippians 1:27-30

Grace Days: Reflection or catch-up

Week 2

Day 6: Philippians 2:1-4

Day 7: Philippians 2:5-11

Day 8: Philippians 2:12-16

Day 9: Philippians 2:17-23

Day 10: Philippians 2:24-30

Grace Days: Reflection or catch-up

Week 3

Day 11: Philippians 3:1-6

Day 12: Philippians 3:7-11

Day 13: Philippians 3:12-16

Day 14: Philippians 3:17-21

Day 15: Philippians 4:1-3

Grace Days: Reflection or catch-up

Week 4

Day 16: Philippians 4:4-7

Day 17: Philippians 4:8-9

Day 18: Philippians 4:10-13

Day 19: Philippians 4:14-17

Day 20: Philippians 4:18-23

Grace Days: Reflection or catch-up

By following this plan, you can manageably write out the entire book of Philippians, allowing time for reflection and deeper engagement with the text.

Overview of Philippians

The Book of Philippians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Christian community in Philippi. It contains four chapters and addresses several key themes, including joy, unity, humility, and perseverance in the Christian faith.

Date of writing (around A.D. 60-62)

Key characters:

  • Paul, Timothy, Epaphroditus

  • Euodia and Syntyche

Memorable Verses:

Philippians 1:6, 1:21, 2:3-4, 2:5-11, 4:13, 4:19

Chapter 1: 

Paul begins with a greeting and expresses his gratitude for the Philippians' partnership in the gospel. He shares his joy despite being in prison, highlighting how his imprisonment has furthered the gospel. Paul encourages the believers to live in a manner worthy of the gospel and to stand firm in their faith.

Chapter 2: 

Paul calls for unity and humility among the believers, using Jesus Christ as the ultimate example of humility and servanthood. He emphasizes the importance of considering others' interests and encourages them to shine like stars in a dark world.

Chapter 3: 

Paul warns against false teachers and places his confidence in Christ rather than in his own achievements. He stresses the value of knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection. Paul encourages the Philippians to press on toward their heavenly goal.

Chapter 4: 

Paul concludes with exhortations to rejoice in the Lord, to avoid anxiety through prayer, and to focus on virtuous and praiseworthy things. He expresses his gratitude for the Philippians' financial support and assures them that God will meet all their needs.

Throughout the letter, Paul emphasizes joy, even in difficult circumstances, and encourages the Philippians to live out their faith with unity, humility, and perseverance, always focusing on Christ.

Interesting facts about the Book of Philippians:

  1. Prison Epistle:  Philippians is one of Paul’s “Prison Epistles,” written while he was under house arrest in Rome. Despite his imprisonment, the letter is remarkably positive and filled with joy.

  2. Frequent Mention of Joy: The theme of joy is pervasive throughout the letter, with words related to joy and rejoicing appearing around 16 times in the four chapters. This is significant given Paul's circumstances of imprisonment.

  3. First European Church: The church in Philippi was the first Christian community established by Paul in Europe, during his second missionary journey (Acts 16:12-40). The city was a Roman colony and a major military and commercial hub.

  4. Personal Connections: Paul had a deep personal connection with the Philippian church. They were known for their generosity and support of Paul’s ministry, both financially and through personal encouragement.

  5. Conversion Stories: The founding of the Philippian church includes notable conversion stories, such as Lydia, the seller of purple goods, and the Philippian jailer, both of whom are key figures in Acts 16.

  6. Dual Citizenship: The city of Philippi was a Roman colony, meaning its citizens had Roman citizenship. This status influenced the way Paul communicated with the Philippians, often using terms like “citizenship” to draw parallels between their Roman and heavenly citizenship (Philippians 3:20).

  7. Christ Hymn: Philippians 2:5-11 contains a passage often referred to as the “Christ Hymn” or “Kenosis Hymn.” This section is one of the most profound Christological passages in the New Testament, highlighting Jesus’ humility and exaltation.

  8. Timothy and Epaphroditus: Paul mentions Timothy and Epaphroditus, emphasizing their important roles. Timothy was Paul’s close companion and co-worker, while Epaphroditus was a member of the Philippian church who risked his life to bring support to Paul (Philippians 2:19-30).

  9. Concise Letter: Philippians is relatively short, with only four chapters and 104 verses, making it one of Paul’s more concise letters. Despite its brevity, it is packed with theological depth and practical exhortations.

  10. Focus on Christian Virtues: The letter emphasizes virtues such as humility, unity, and perseverance. Paul encourages the Philippians to emulate Christ’s humility, to stand firm together in the faith, and to persevere in their Christian walk despite external pressures.

  11. Paul’s Dual Emphasis: Paul balances personal reflections and theological insights with practical exhortations. He shares his own experiences and aspirations (Philippians 1:21, 3:7-14) while also providing guidance for the Philippians’ conduct and mindset (Philippians 4:4-9).

  12. Partnership in the Gospel: Paul frequently acknowledges the Philippians’ partnership in the gospel, highlighting their active role in supporting his ministry and spreading the Christian message (Philippians 1:5, 4:15-16).

  13. Positive Tone: The tone of Philippians is generally more positive and affectionate compared to some of Paul’s other letters, such as Galatians or 1 Corinthians, which address more severe doctrinal or behavioral issues.

  14. Unique Vocabulary: Paul uses certain Greek terms in Philippians that are not found elsewhere in his letters, reflecting his unique relationship with the Philippian church and the specific circumstances he addresses.

These facts highlight the richness and depth of the Book of Philippians, making it a cherished part of the New Testament for its theological insights, practical advice, and encouraging message.

Jesus in the Book of Philippians

In the Book of Philippians, Jesus Christ is mentioned approximately 38 times, reflecting the centrality of Christ in Paul's letter. He is revealed as the ultimate example of humility, obedience, and exaltation.

Throughout Philippians, Jesus is depicted as the humble servant, the exalted Lord, the source of righteousness, strength, and peace, and the ultimate goal of the Christian faith. Paul encourages believers to emulate Christ’s humility, depend on His strength, and find joy and contentment in their relationship with Him.

Philippians Scripture Writing Plan (Printable)

Here is your Philippians scripture writing plan:

Philippians scripture writing plan printable

Dive deeper into the Book of Philippians with our comprehensive Scripture Writing and Study Journal!

This beautifully designed journal is your perfect companion for a 4-week journey through Philippians, offering a rich blend of scripture writing, devotional questions, and insightful study aids. It comes with a complimentary copy of how to study the Bible using the S.O.A.P method of study.

It is a printable/digital Bible study, and prayer journal/workbook. It is over 56 pages long! Print or read on a digital device -

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Product Includes:

  • Overview of Philippians: Start your journey with a detailed introduction and overview of the Book of Philippians, setting the stage for your study.

  • Interesting Facts: Discover fascinating facts about Philippians that will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this powerful epistle.

  • Scripture Writing Plan: Follow a structured 4-week plan to write out the entire Book of Philippians, spending just 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Two grace days each week provide flexibility for rest or reflection.

  • Devotional Questions: Each writing session includes thoughtful devotional questions to help you dig deeper into the scripture and apply its lessons to your life.

  • S.O.A.P. Journal Guide: A separate PDF guide on the S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) method, with additional questions to enrich your study.

  • Prayer Journal: Dedicated pages for journaling your prayers, reflections, and personal insights as you journey through Philippians.

Why You'll Love It:

  • Deepen Your Faith: Writing and reflecting on scripture helps internalize God’s Word and strengthens your spiritual walk.

  • Flexible and Manageable: A well-structured plan that fits into your daily routine with ease.

  • Enrich Your Understanding: Insights and questions that encourage deeper study and application of biblical truths.

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