VI. Outline

VI. Outline

  1. Introduction (1:1-11)
    1. Salutation (1:1-2)
    2. Paul's Grateful, Affectionate Prayer (1:3-11)
  2. Paul's Imprisonment: Results and Prospects (1:12-26)
    1. His Confinement Has Advanced the Gospel (1:12-18)
    2. Living Means Christ; Dying Is Gain (1:19-26)
  3. Exhortations and Encouragement (1:27-2:18)
    1. Appeal for Unity, Faithfulness, and Perseverance (1:27-30)
    2. The Challenge of the Christlike Mind (2:1-11)
      1. Living and loving for others (2:1-4)
      2. The humility and exaltation of the Servant-Christ: our example and pattern (2:5-11)
    3. Cooperating With God (2:12-13)
    4. Shining as Examples of Holy Living (2:14-18)
  4. About Timothy and Epaphroditus (2:19-30)
    1. Timothy to Be Sent Soon (2:19-24)
    2. Epaphroditus, Now Well, Is Returning (2:25-30)
  5. Aspects of True Religion (3:1-4:9)
    1. Christ: The Source of True Righteousness (3:1-9)
      1. Rejoice in the Lord: Beware of law-righteousness (3:1-2)
      2. True righteousness by faith in Christ (3:3-9)
        1. Real “circumcision” is in Christ (3:3)
        2. Paul's former impressive standing means nothing (3:4-7)
        3. The surpassing excellence of Christ (3:8-9)
    2. Resurrection the Goal (3:10-4:1)
      1. Sharing the power of life through death (3:10-11)
      2. Pressing toward final resurrection (3:12-4:1)
    3. A Plea for Unity and Cooperation (4:2-3)
    4. Rejoice—Be Patient—Pray (4:4-7)
    5. Think Christianly (4:8-9)
  6. Gratitude for Their Support (4:10-20)
    1. Paul's Contentment and Sufficiency in Christ (4:10-13)
    2. God Will Honor Their Generosity (4:14-20)
  7. Final Greetings: Benediction (4:21-22)