Here’s a great outline for the book of Philippians that I got in an email bulletin from the church in Plymouth, Florida. No author was given so the “credit” will have to stop right there (see the comment made by Gina atfor an update on the author information). The outline does a great job putting the focus on our mind (our affections and perception of life) and it could easily be preached or just studied for a little extra personal edification.
The Four Attitudes that Maintain Your Joy
1. The single mind – Philippians 1: When a Christian is single-minded he is concerned about the fellowship of the Gospel (1:1-11), the furtherance of the Gospel (1:12-26), and the faith of the Gospel (1:27-30). Paul could rejoice in his difficult circumstances because they helped to strengthen his fellowship with other Christians, gave him opportunity to lead others to Christ, and enabled him to defend the Gospel before the courts in Rome. When you have the single mind, your circumstances work for you and not against you.
2. The submissive mind – Philippians 2: The Christian with the submissive mind does not expect others to serve him; he serves others. He considers the good of others to be more important than his own plans and desires. In chapter 2 we find four wonderful examples of the submissive mind: Jesus (2:1-11), Paul (2:12-18), Timothy (2:19-24), and Epaphroditus (2:25-30). Each of these examples proves the principle of Luke 14:11.
3. The spiritual mind – Philippians 3: The quest for “things” is robbing people of joy, and this includes Christian peoples. We want to possess things, and then we discover that things possess us. The only way to victory and joy is to have the spiritual mind and to look at things from God’s point of view. Like Paul, we must be accountants with the right values (3:1-11), athletes with the right vigor (3:12-16), and aliens with the right vision (3:17-21). “I count…. I press…. I look” are the verbs that describe the man with the spiritual mind.
4. The secure mind – Philippians 4: Chapter 4 describes the spiritual resources the believer has in Christ: God’s peace (4:1-9), God’s power (4:10-13), and God’s provision (4:14-23). With resources like these why should we worry? We have the God of peace to guard us (v. 7) and the God of peace to guide us (v. 9). The peace of God comes to us when we practice right praying (vv. 6-7), right thinking (v. 8), and right living (v. 9). This is God’s secret for victory over all worry.