Towards the end of his life, under arrest and awaiting trial in Rome, Saint Paul writes a short but powerful letter to the Philippians. Paul’s affection for the Christian community at Philippi is apparent from his opening words. The Philippians were not only Paul’s sons and daughters in the Faith but also his partners in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
At the heart of this letter is Paul’s eloquent hymn of Christ’s total gift of self, the model for Paul’s life. With his words and the example of his life, Paul exhorts the Philippians to have the mind of Christ, to live a life worthy of the Gospel, and, by God’s grace, to gain Christ.
In six sessions, Dr. Tim Gray combines insight and practical guidance using the lectio divina disciplines to make the Scriptures come alive in Philippians: Life in Christ.
Session 1: Paul and the Philippians
St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians explores the model it provides for working together in partnership to advance the Gospel, the beautiful relationship of mutual love that unites Paul and the church in Philippi, and Paul’s great hymn to Christ in Philippians 2:6-11. This first session begins by looking at the town of Philippi, its first converts, and Paul’s opening words to them in his epistle. (Run time 28:26)
Session 2: Partnership in the Gospel
In this session, we will explore Paul’s circumstances as he writes this letter under house arrest in Rome. We will also look more closely at the relationship between Paul and the Philippians, what Paul describes as their koinonia, or “partnership.” This partnership, with its risks and its rewards, is something into which we are invited to enter as well. (Run time 28:28)
Session 3: Friendship in Christ
Paul reveals how he is able to joyfully share the Gospel despite his imprisonment. He echoes the Old Testament figure of Job, who also suffered despite his innocence and yet believed in his ultimate vindication. Paul then artfully reworks the Greco-Roman ideals of friendship and citizenship, expanding the Philippians’ understanding by calling them to the key virtue of humility, looking first to the interest of others in imitation of Christ. (Run time 27:34)
Session 4: The Mind of Christ
After Paul exhorts the Philippians to live out friendship in Christ, he gives them a blueprint for exactly how to do so. St. Paul wants the Philippians to have the mind of Christ, and he paints a beautiful picture of what this means—a life lived out in humble obedience, emptying oneself for others. If we live this life in imitation of Christ, we will also experience the glory of his exaltation by the Father. (Run time 27:17)
Session 5: Imitatio Christi
In his Letter to the Philippians, Paul paints a vivid picture of how to become more Christ-like. We are not called to strive after holiness in some abstract way, but to do so by imitating Christ—specifically in his sacrificial gift of self. It is a call to pour ourselves out as an offering to God, just as Jesus did on the Cross. Embracing this “loss of all things,” Paul tells us, is the only way to “gain Christ and be found in him” (Philippians 3:8-9). (Run time 28:32)
Session 6: All Things in Christ
Having described Christ’s self-offering and shown himself, Timothy, and Epaphroditus as examples of disciples who model the life of Christ, Paul now calls on the Philippians (and us) to model the life of Christ in their own lives. As St. Paul closes out his letter, we’ll see him reiterate the mindset that the Philippians will need to live out their heavenly citizenship and be true disciples of Christ in the midst of a pagan culture. (Run time 28:32)
This Leader Kit includes everything a leader needs to present Lectio: Philippians to a group, whether in a parish or at home. This package includes all six episodes of Philippians: Life in Christ on three DVDs, plus a comprehensive Leader’s Guide (which includes complete Study Guide content).
Be sure to get the full experience of Lectio: Philippians with this Participant Kit including the DVD box set (six episodes on three DVDs) and the corresponding Study Guide.
Engaging Video Segments
Featuring the insightful biblical teaching of Dr. Tim Gray and the hallmark artistry of the Augustine Institute, Lectio Philippians: Life in Christ is a dynamic video series which explores the power and joy of life in Jesus Christ and the partnership to which we are called in sharing the Gospel—in the early Church and today.
Leader Resource Guide
The Lectio Philippians: Life in Christ Leader’s Resource Guide presents practical help to make the most of adult faith formation in any size study group. Easy to use, with step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the tools you need to bring the richness of the Bible, Church Tradition and History to life through:
- detailed introductions, prayers, and inspirational insights
- practical help to stimulate discussion in your group
- magnificent art to inspire deeper reflection
- prayer and devotional insights
- recommended further reading to take you deeper into the study
Engaging and accessible for everyone from a first-time Bible study participant to a Lectio veteran, the Lectio Philippians: Life in Christ Study Guide enables you to personalize the study for your own spiritual journey. It includes:
- the lectio divina approach for each session
- penetrating questions and insights for the six video sessions
- additional resources for a fuller understanding and application
- daily reflections to deepen the meaning of the study in your own life
- space for personal journaling