Sept. 7, 2020

Intro to Philippians

Intro to Philippians

Hey! Welcome to our study of the book of Philippians.

I am overjoyed to have you here. I have been wanting to teach this study for years, but never felt like God was giving me the "green light" until now. 🙌


We will take a sneak peek into what was happening behind the scenes of this letter to the Philippians. Once you understand Paul's circumstances, it will make his choice to rejoice even more remarkable.


  • The date of Paul's letter (and how it relates to our timeline from James' letter)
  • Why Paul demanded to go before Caesar Nero in Rome
  • What house arrest looked like for Paul
  • What ONE word Paul used throughout his letter
  • Where does Paul say our joy comes from
  • The study on American's happiness (or should I say unhappiness) published in June


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 Hey Welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.  

Today, we begin our study of the book of Philippians. I am overjoyed to begin this study with you. First, we are going to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and tomorrow we’ll begin our incredible, dare I say, life-changing, journey through Philippians as we start with Chapter 1 verse 1. 

 This letter was written by the Apostle Paul around 61 or 62 AD  – which, if you were with us during our study of the book of James, this is around the same time that James was martyred. 

 Paul was in a Roman prison when he wrote this letter. Why? He had been in Jerusalem and was falsely accused and arrested. For two years, he had several trials in Caesarea. Finally, he was fed up. Said he wanted to take his case before Caesar in Rome, which was his right as a Roman citizen. 

 He made his way there as a prisoner on a ship that actually sunk. He finally made it to Rome, spent 2 years in house arrest, and while there, he penned 4 letters, including Philippians.

 Now, while Paul was waiting for his trial, he was chained day and night to Roman soldiers. He knew that at any moment his time would come to make his case before Caesar Nero. Caesar could give the thumbs up and Paul would be set free. Or thumbs down and immediately Paul would be beheaded. 

 And yet, not knowing whether he would live or die, Paul mentions the word “joy” or “rejoice” throughout his letter. Paul made the choice to rejoice no matter his circumstances. 

 You see, happiness is fleeting. Happiness depends upon what’s happening all around you. Joy, however, is an inward state that is fixed. Paul will teach us that joy isn’t from the absence of trouble. Lord knows, Paul had his share of extreme hardship once he became a follower of Christ. And yet, Paul will teach us that a relationship with Jesus is where our joy comes from. 

 According to a study published in June, Americans have the highest level of unhappiness since the survey began almost 5 decades ago. In fact, only 14 percent of those surveyed said that they were very happy. That means, 86% of us aren’t happy. Where do you fall in that survey?

 So, your simple truth for today: Commit to mastering what Paul will teach us on our journey together through Philippians. I believe that when you do, you’ll begin hearing others ask you “What do you have that I don’t? Because whatever it is, I want it.” I cannot wait to start reading your testimonies. 

 I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.