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Knowing the Bible Series - Philippians: A 12 Week Study
Kelly, Ryan

Knowing the Bible Series - Philippians: A 12 Week Study

ISBN: 9781433540264
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Book Description:

The book of Philippians challenges Christians to remember their true identity as citizens of God’s kingdom, especially when faced with difficult circumstances and painful trials.

Helping us grasp the apostle Paul’s gospel-centered exhortation to endurance, this guide explains the biblical text with clarity and passion—encouraging us to joyfully imitate Christ in the midst of hardship.

Table of Contents:
Week 1: Overview
Week 2: Thankfulness and Prayer for the Philippians (1:1–11)
Week 3: Paul’s Imprisonment Is for the Greater Good (1:12–18)
Week 4: Whether in Life or Death, Christ Will Be Magnified (1:19–30)
Week 5: A Call to Humbe Sacrifice; Jesus’ Supreme Example (2:1–11)
Week 6: Working Out What God Has Worked In (2:12–18)
Week 7: Updates, Travel Plans, and Models to Follow (2:19–30)
Week 8: Rejoicing in the True and Only Gospel (3:1–11)
Week 9: Pressing Forward in Pursuit of Christ (3:12–21)
Week 10: Fighting for Peace, Joy, Trust, and Right Thinking (4:1–9)
Week 11: Provision, Thankfulness, and Contentment (4:10–23)
Week 12: Summary and Conclusion


The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God's Word. These 12-week studies lead participants through books of the Bible and are made up of four basic components:

  •  reflection questions help readers engage the text at a deeper level;
  • "Gospel Glimpses" highlight the gospel of grace throughout the book;
  • "Whole-Bible Connections" show how any given passage connects to the Bible's overarching story of redemption, culminating in Christ; 
  • "Theological Soundings" identify how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture.

With contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders, these gospel-centered studies will help Christians see and cherish the message of God's grace on every page of the Bible.


Ryan Kelly (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is the pastor for preaching at Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and serves as a council member for the Gospel Coalition. Ryan and his wife, Sarah, have four children.


"This Knowing the Bible series is a tremendous resource for those wanting to study and teach the Bible with an understanding of how the gospel is woven throughout Scripture. Here are Gospel-minded pastors and scholars doing Gospel business from all the scriptures-this is a biblical and theological feast preparing God's people to apply the entire Bible to all of life with heart and mind wholly committed to Christ's priorities."
--Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

"Mark Twain may have smiled when he wrote to a friend, "I didn't have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long letter." But the truth of Twain's remark remains serious and universal, because well-reasoned, compact writing requires extra time and extra hard work. And this is what we have in the Crossway Bible study series Knowing the Bible-as the skilled authors and notable editors provide the contours of each book of the Bible as well as the grand theological themes that bind them together as one Book. Here, in a 12-week format, are carefully wrought studies that will ignite the mind and the heart."
--R. Kent Hughes, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Knowing the Bible brings together a gifted team of Bible teachers to produce a high quality series of study guides. The coordinated focus of these materials is unique: biblical content, provocative questions, systematic theology, practical application, and the gospel story of God's grace presented all the way through Scripture."
--Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 96
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: 2014
Discussion Questions: Included