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Joy! — A Bible Study on Philippians for Women

Keri Folmar

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“This study points the way into the biblical text, offering a clear and effective guide in studying Paul’s letter to the Philippian church. Keri Folmar encourages her readers first and foremost to listen well to God’s inspired Word.”

Kathleen Nielson is author of the Living Word Bible Studies; Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; and wife of Niel, who served as President of Covenant College from 2002 to 2012.

“Keri’s Bible study will not only bring the truths of Philippians to bear upon your life, but will also train you up for better, more effective study of any book of the Bible with her consistent use of the three questions needed in all good Bible study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application.”

Connie Dever is author of The Praise Factory children’s ministry curriculum and wife of Mark, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and president of 9Marks

“Keri lets the Scriptures do the talking! No cleverly invented stories, ancillary anecdotes, or emotional manipulation here. Keri takes us deeper into the text, deeper into the heart of Paul, deeper into the mind of Christ, and deeper into our own hearts as we pursue Christ for joy in all things. Each new week of study provides a review of the previous week, to help us keep in context what we’ve studied. The subsequent days are for gold digging, and there are rich treasures to discover as we unfold the truth that our joy ultimately comes from glorifying God in every sphere and circumstance of life. I highly commend this study for your pursuit of joy.”

Kristie Anyabwile is a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State University with a degree in history. Her husband, Thabiti, serves as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman, and as a Council Member for The Gospel Coalition.

“Keri Folmar is convinced that God is God-centered and that for the sake of our joy, we should be, too. This inductive study will increase your joy in a loving God who is sovereign over all things. I highly recommend that you embark on this study with some other ladies. Then you can all watch in amazement at how God gives you contentment in him as he shows you the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord.”

Gloria Furman is a pastor’s wife in the Middle East, a Crossway author, and editor for the Domestic Kingdom blog.


“I highly recommend picking up this study for personal or group study.”

I am doing this study with women from my church right now. It is a very helpful guide in learning how to study the Word of God inductively. Keri clearly lays out the three steps to inductive study (observation, interpretation and application) and then carefully walks us through the passages in this way. Our group is finding the study of Philippians refreshing and good for our soul.

The study would be great for Christians or Non-Christians as the gospel is clearly laid out time and time again. The great part about that is Keri’s reinforcement that the gospel isn’t just for the unbelieving heart but for all as that which compels us to grow more like Christ. I highly recommend picking up this study for personal or group study.

Lisa, in a 5-star review on Amazon


“Leads the student to the well of true Joy—knowing and serving our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I am currently co-leading a small group of ladies through the study of Philippians using Keri Folmar’s Joy!—A Bible Study on Philippians for Women. In a world where people are constantly searching for happiness, this inductive study of Philippians leads the student to the well of true Joy—knowing and serving our Lord Jesus Christ. Keri encourages Christian ladies to study the Bible in order to know who God truly is and to keep the Gospel central to their daily lives. By knowing the God of the Bible, we can challenge our cultural stereotypes of God to find our true joy in Him in every circumstance. This study is also an effective guide to shepherd non believers to the truth of the cross and its relevance to our everyday lives.

Kim, in a 5-star review on Amazon


“I can highly recommend this to any who is searching for good gospel-driven study material for women.”

I have found this to an extremely well written study on Philippians. I am currently using this study in a Bible study at our church. It uses the inductive study model asking questions about the text that makes you observe, interpret and apply the text to you life. Keri asks insightful questions and lays out the saving gospel clearly. Included in this study is a very helpful guide to leaders with an explanation of what an inductive study is all about. I have found this study to be a true “joy” to go through and have loved to see how the Word of God is changing the hearts of ladies through this excellent resource. I can highly recommend this to any who is searching for good gospel-driven study material for women.

Monica, in a 5-star review on Amazon


“I appreciate how it helps me dig into Scripture and come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for God’s word.”

I’ve been using Keri Folmar’s study on Philippians during my quiet times. My church uses the inductive method for our Wednesday evening Bible studies, and I had been wanting to learn and apply this same approach to my individual study time. Folmar’s Joy! study has been a wonderful resource that approaches Philippians inductively, and I appreciate how it helps me dig into Scripture and come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for God’s word.

Laura W., in a 5-star review on Amazon


“A good, basic, verse by verse study of Philippians”

So nice to have a solid study for women! There is so much fluff out there, Bible studies based on video and personality. This is a good, basic, verse by verse study of Philippians. I am using it with a group of ladies this summer, and we are thoroughly enjoying it. Glad I found this through Cruciform Press, a reliable publisher of doctrinally sound materials!

P. Koranda, in a 5-star review on Amazon


“Keri’s book has made me hungry for the Word of God.”

Keri Folmar has written a worthy Bible study for women based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Keri has a heart for women to experience deep and fruitful Bible study. Carried by the desire to see her sisters in Christ grow in their knowledge of the Lord, Keri has written a book toward that end.

The book starts with a brief but concise explanation on how to do inductive Bible study and notes for leaders. From there it dives into a 10 week study of Philippians. Each week is broken up into 5 days. Each day there is a reading and some questions to answer.

These questions are not a chore; to the contrary, I found myself longing to sit with my Bible and pen and meditate upon and write out answers to these pointed and meaningful questions. Questions that test my knowledge of Scripture, questions that test my faith and trust, questions that pull back the veil to reveal the state of my heart. I read through this book to see if it was something I would consider using either to lead a group of women through or to study by myself. The answer is: Yes! I am left longing to wrap up some of my other reading so I can grab my Bible, a cup of coffee, a pen, a notebook and bury myself in the book of Philippians. This is no exaggeration: Keri’s book has made me hungry for the Word of God.

This is not a book that lectures at you. Keri teaches almost Socratically from the pages; she allows and uses all the questions to guide you to answers. She is in the background giving prominence and space for the Holy Spirit to do his work through what she wrote.

I highly recommend it either for a women’s Bible study, to teach to a group of young women (17 yrs. + ), or for a woman to do on her own.

You can get a copy of Joy! A Bible Study on Philippians For Women from Cruciform Presseither as a book or download it as an ebook. You can also get it from Amazon or Grace&Truth Books.

Luma Simms, Gospel Grace


Table of Contents


Week 1: Philippians 1:1–11 — Joy in Partnership
Week 2: Philippians 1:12–18 — Joy in the Advance of the Gospel
Week 3: Philippians 1:18b–30 — Joy in Living for Christ
Week 4: Philippians 2:1–11 — Joy in Humility and Exaltation
Week 5: Philippians 2:12–30 — Joy at Work
Week 6: Philippians 3:1–11 — Joy in the Knowledge of Christ
Week 7: Philippians 3:12–4:1 — Joy for the Prize
Week 8: Philippians 4:2–9 — Rejoice!
Week 9: Philippians 4:10–32 — Joy in Every Circumstance
Week 10: Philippians Overview — For Your Joy

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