Philippians


Chapter 1 (1 - 9)

From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the believers in the Church at Philippi

We wish you the grace and peace of  God our Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ

I thank God whenever I think of you. Every time I pray for you, I pray with joy, remembering how you helped to spread the Good News

You have a permanent place in my heart. God knows how much I miss you. I love you as Christ Jesus loves you

My prayer is that your love for each other will increase more and more, helping you always to know what is good and to avoid what is bad

Jesus, thank you for all the people
who have a permanent place in my heart

 


Chapter 1 (13 - 25)

My chains have become famous and have given courage to many other believers. Many others are now becoming more daring in announcing the Message without fear

I hope and trust that I will always have courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death

My heart wants to go two ways. One part wants to depart this world  and live for ever with Christ in heaven. The other part wants to stay in this world to help more people to know the Lord

Jesus, give me courage in spreading the Good News

 


Chapter 1.27 -2.4

Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the Good News of Christ

Be united in your convictions, and united in your love.
There must be no competition among you, no conceit

Everyone should be self-effacing.
Always regard others as better than yourself

Put others interests before your own

Jesus, help me say "no" to anything unworthy of your Good News
 

 


Chapter 2 ( 5 - 11)     Listen to Chapter 2 (5 - 11)

O Lord, unite us in your love
and keep our minds in you

O Lord, unite us in your love
and keep our minds in you

Though you were God in state divine
you did not cling to what you were.
No, you shed your glory's shine
so as to live just like a slave

O Lord, unite us in your love
and keep our minds in you

You came on earth in human form
and you shared our troubled life.
A humbler man there never was,
even in death obedient

Yes, Lord, death upon a cross,
yes, upon a cross

Therefore are you raised on high
and you have the name of names.
At that name should bend the knee
and tongue confess:  Jesus Christ is LORD.
And tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.
And tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.
To the glory of God the Father

  


Chapter 2 (13 - 16)

It is God who gives us the spiritual energy to be good and to do good

Don't be someone who is always complaining and arguing

Live a life of light in our dark world.
May your life of light offer the world the word of life

Jesus, help me avoid complaining and arguing

 


Chapter 3 (7 - 11)

Because of Christ, I have come to consider all my former advantages as a scholar as disadvantages

Nothing is more important than knowing Christ Jesus my Lord

For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ

All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.
I want to share his sufferings by carrying the Cross with him

This is the way I can hope to receive eternal life

Christ Jesus my Lord, knowing you is No. 1

 


Chapter 3 ( 12 - 14)

I am not yet perfect. I have not yet won the race.
But I am still running,
trying to capture the prize for which Christ Jesus captured me

I forget the past, and strain ahead for what is still to come.
I am racing for the finish,
for the prize to which God calls us to receive in Christ Jesus

Jesus, please help me keep running each day!

 


Chapter 3.20 - 4.1

Our homeland is in heaven. We wait for the Savior from heaven who will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body

He will do this by the same power he has as C.E.O. of the universe

So, do not stop running but remain faithful in the Lord

Jesus, please increase my longing for heaven

 


Chapter 4 (4 - 9)

I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord.
Let your tolerance be evident to everyone

If there is anything you need, with prayer and thanksgiving ask God for it

Fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that is worthwhile. Then the God of peace will be with you

Jesus, please fill my mind with good things

 


Chapter 4 (11 - 20  )

I have learnt how to manage on whatever I have.
I am ready for anything anywhere:
full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty

There is nothing I cannot master
with the help of the One who gives me strength

I thank you my friends for supporting me financially, 
especially when I was in great need. 

Jesus, bless everyone who has helped me
in any way since the day I was born