- The Christians in the Roman colony of Philippi
- Christians need to keep making progRess in their lives.
- A proper spiritual outlook is critical for progress in the faith.
- Christ is the supreme example of loving and faithful service to God, and mature Christians can also serve as role models in this regard.
- Suffering will come, but through faith it can be met with joy.
- Prayer is crucial for maintaining a joyful Christian life.
- The gospel is not individualistic: Christians are to share in rich fellowship with one another, and to be united together in service to promote the gospel.
- The old covenant and observance of the law cannot provide the necessary right standing with God. Believers can be saved only through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Jesus is fully God and fully man. Because of his suffering on the cross, he is not exalted as Lord and Christ.
**Taken from the Crossway ESV Study Bible