Philippians

Five Reasons You Should Preach through Philippians

It’s difficult to exaggerate the value of affirming the Spirit’s work in a person through the gospel. This kind of biblical encouragement goes a long way toward moving fellow believers forward as they grow in Christlikeness. If done right, biblical exposition should...

Supply and Demand in God’s Economy

Philippians 4:18-20, “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches...

Partnership in Ministry

Philippians 4:14-17, "Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica...
Joy with a Purpose

Joy with a Purpose

Philippians 4:4-5, “'Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.' You don’t have to be a football fan to remember the Seahawks’ tragic loss in Super Bowl XLIX.  One can hardly imagine the...

A Disagreement Between Two Women

A Disagreement Between Two Women

Philippians 4:2-3, “I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.  Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in...

Kingdom Citizenship

Kingdom Citizenship

Philippians 3:20-21 ESV, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” As Christians, we...

What Aristotle Can Teach Us about Christian Living

What Aristotle Can Teach Us about Christian Living

Philippians 3:17, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” Imitation. This word brings to my mind both a high-minded literary device—the doppelgänger—and an annoying habit I formed as the youngest...

Maturing in Grace

Maturing in Grace

Philippians 3:15-16, “Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.” Paul wanted the Philippian church to have patience with one another by...

Pressing Toward the Prize of Christ Jesus

Pressing Toward the Prize of Christ Jesus

Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and...

Knowing Christ and the Power of His Resurrection

Knowing Christ and the Power of His Resurrection

Philippians 3:10-11, “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”  ‘That I may know Him.’ Paul is, in many ways, the very...

The Threat of Legalism

The Threat of Legalism

Philippians 3:2-3, “Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.” False teaching steals joy because...

Rejoice in the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord

Philippians 3:1, “Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.” “I choose joy.” My friend spoke these words through tears as she relayed the story of her husband...

A Snapshot of the Trajectory of the Christian Life

A Snapshot of the Trajectory of the Christian Life

Philippians 2:14–15, "Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." Up to this point, Paul uses his...

We Must Work Out Our Own Salvation

We Must Work Out Our Own Salvation

Philippians 2:12-13, “12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good...

Belief and Suffering

Belief and Suffering

Philippians 1:29-30 ESV, “29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.” Paul is reminding those in...

Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

Philippians 1:18b-20, “Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage...

Monitor Your Motives

Monitor Your Motives

Philippians 1:15-18a, “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict...

The Gospel Under Guard

The Gospel Under Guard

Philippians 1:12-14, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers,...

Know and Love

Know and Love

Philippians 1:9-11, “9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that...

The Joy of Partaking

The Joy of Partaking

Philippians 1:7-8, “7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you...

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Christian discipleship is a process that has its ups and downs, but its trajectory is toward holiness. The journey of a disciple has...

The Joy of Gospel Partnership

The Joy of Gospel Partnership

Philippians 1:3-5, “3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Partnership is crucial for any worthwhile endeavor in...

Thankfulness for Christ and the Joy He Alone Provides

Thankfulness for Christ and the Joy He Alone Provides

Philippians 1:3-4, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,” When I was a child, I learned a song called “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy” from my mother, and to this day I can still hear her...

Grace and Joy in Christ Alone

Grace and Joy in Christ Alone

Philippians 1:1-2, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” An Incredible Book Full of the Grace of God...