22 Feb

Philippians – Trust Your Identity in Christ

Paul finishes his letter to his friends in Philippi with one more encouragement to live the gospel life. The letter contains Paul’s conventional greetings, but first Paul concludes the exhortation […]

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22 Feb

Philippians – A Proper Relationship with Opposition

In chapter 3 Paul reflects on his Christian transformation. Paul demonstrates the contrast between his pre-Christian self and his faith in Jesus, in order to demonstrate the conflict between the […]

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25 Jan

Philippians – Following the Example of Jesus

Paul has set his life as a paradigm for the Philippian church to emulate. If the church is going to stand firm in the midst of a culture to which […]

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23 Jan

Philippians 1:27-30

Jesus is Lord. Paul urges his friends to live as citizens of God’s kingdom. Having set his circumstance as a paradigm to be emulated by the Philippian church, Paul transitions […]

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22 Jan

Philippians 18b-26

“Even though he throws himself with abandon into life in the present, the entire orientation of his life is towards the (absolutely certain) future. Indeed, it is this orientation that […]

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21 Jan

Philippians 1:15-18a

Paul shows tremendous grace towards fellow Christians who express ill-will towards him. His graciousness is commendable, but we must not misunderstand why he chooses this posture. It is not because […]

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20 Jan

Philippians 1:12-14

Paul’s sees his circumstances—his imprisonment—as a catalyst for gospel advancement. Both inside and outside the church the gospel is bolstered as Paul’s commitment to Jesus is tested and found robust […]

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17 Jan

Philippians 1:12-30 – Advancing the Gospel

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In preparation for this week, I am struck once again by Paul wholehearted orientation to the gospel. Paul’s whole understanding of the world in rooted in the new reality of […]

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15 Jan

January 15th, 2014

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Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Paul is concerned that the Philippian church continue to grow in their relationship […]

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14 Jan

January 14th, 2013

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Paul is writing to the Philippian church from prison. Yet despite his circumstance, perhaps even because of his circumstances, Paul is able to express deep thankfulness for his partnership with […]

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