Exploring the Bible

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; whatever their background and wherever they are from.

This ‘Exploring the Bible’ series will give you an opportunity to do that.

Philippians …

is a letter written by St Paul to some people who hadn’t long been Christians. It is ideal for anyone wanting to explore Christian faith foundations. St Paul was a man whose life changed completely when he started following Jesus Christ and this is one of his letters.

What happens on a typical evening?

We meet at 7.15pm at Chichester Baptist Church. We’ll start with coffee, tea and some nibbles.
Each evening Ian White will do an overview of a section of Philippians. He will highlight some of the big ideas we find there. During this time there will be breaks for discussion where you can comment, ask questions and listen to other people’s views. BTW, a book like Philippians always provokes discussion on other things that may not be directly related to the passage – and that’s OK.
We finish at 9.00pm.

Who is it for?

This Exploring the Bible series is ideal for anyone who has done an introductory programme to Christianity, like Alpha or Christianity Explored. It’s also good for people who would like to investigate Christian faith by looking at the original sources in the Bible whatever your background or faith journey so far.

Who is doing it?

Ian and Rosi White will be your hosts for the evening. They have been leading programs like this for over three decades and will be happy to respond to queries you may have.

You can contact them by clicking here.

Programme

1 The beginnings

Philippians 1:1 – 1:11

26th September 2019

Paul kicks off his letter bubbling enthusiasm for the Christians in The ancient city of Philippi. So why was he so up-beat?

2 Chained up

Philippians 1:12 – 1:30

3rd October 2019

Prison, for most people, is a harsh punishment yet for Paul it was an opportunity. What made him so positive about life behind bars?

3 Imitating Christ

Philippians 2:1 – 2:18

24th October 2019

The whole point of Christianity is imitating Christ and having the same attitudes which he had. In this passage Paul unpacks both the theory and the practice of being a disciple of Jesus.

4 Welcome to the team

Philippians 2:19 – 3:11

31st October 2019

Paul describes some of his team and why his former credentials didn’t count for much in his new life.

5 Pressing on

Philippians 3:12 – 4:1

7th November 2019

Like an athlete pressing on to win a race, so Christians are to be determined to win another kind of prize. In this passage Paul describes what it takes to obtain it.

6 Thanks – I couldn’t have done it without you!

Philippians 4:2 – 4:23

14th November 2019

In this final passage Paul thanks the Christians in Philippi for their amazing generosity … and he encourages us to do the same.