Introductory Bible Study for the 2016 LCMS Youth Gathering

This Bible study can be done as one longer study or divided and used in three separate parts. We hope this allows you flexibility to meet the needs and setting of your group.

You will notice there are Leader Notes throughout this study. For more information including tips for leading a Bible study,
please check out the Gathering Bible study video.

For more background information on the book of Philippians and its key themes, please read In Christ Alone: A Thematic Study of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians by Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, Gathering theological advisor, available on the Pre-Gathering DVD or online at

To The Philippians . . . And You

The Bible studies at the 2016 LCMS Youth Gathering will focus on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It’s a short letter, but don’t be fooled by its length. It proclaims a very important message. The great apostle Paul wrote this letter to a community of Christians in a distant town called Philippi. He wrote to encourage and strengthen them as they lived out their faith in Jesus

But what if Paul had written the letter directly to you? What if it was addressed to your youth group? Or to the community that will gather next summer in New Orleans? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds because this letter to the Philippians is also God’s written Word. It speaks directly into the lives of God’s people across space and time.

Download a PDF of the Leader’s Guide to the Introductory Bible Study on In Christ Alone We Stand.

Download a PDF of the Participant’s Guide to the Introductory Bible Study on In Christ Alone We Stand.