Philippians

12 The true Circumcision of God

Philippians 3 v 1 -16 Paul throughout his ministry as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ had to contend with Jewish Christians – known today as the Judaisers, who were false teachers who often followed Paul wherever he went. They would try to bind the act of circumcision and the law of Moses itself…

11 Paul’s Son and Paul’s Brother

Philippians 2 v 19 – 30 Paul’s letter to the Philippians is very personal. One of his motives is in verse 28 – so that he may be less anxious – an acknowledgement that the Apostle was also anxious, but for the Lord’s people. Paul’s son and Paul’s brother both had the mind of Christ.…

10 Working out what God is working in us

Philippians 2 v 12 – 18 The Apostle is stirring up (exhorting) believers to higher things. Through Paul’s writings he relates Doctrine with Duty, Creed with Character and Faith with Life. To him these things are inseparable. And so, after imploring us to have the Mind of Christ follows with this exhortation to earnestly work…

09 The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2 v 5 – 11 This is one of the most sublime portions of Scripture in all of God’s Word. We live in a world in need of consolation. People need to be comforted.The consolation that we have in Christ is part of the foundation of the unity that produces joy that we looked…

08 The Christian Unity that Produces Joy

Philippians 2 v 1-4 Division is the greatest destroyer of joy (cf Mark 3:24-25). Paul is giving a whole series of exhortations with regards to how to live the Christian life, not only as individuals, but also together as the Lord’s people.We see the divisions among Evangelicals. People have lost count of how many groupings…

07 Conduct Worthy of the Gospel

Philippians 1 v 27-30 Up to this point Paul has been telling the Philippians about his own situation in prison and what he was experiencing. Despite all the affliction, his attitude was one of joy and confidence in the Lord. With verse 27 Paul begins a series of practical exhortations concerning the Christian life. He…

05 how to Ascend through Adversity

Philippians 1 v 12-18 The letter’s structure:Greeting, Thanksgiving, Prayer, the Body, Moral exhortations, Greeting, Benediction. A missionary Support Letter from God’s Apostle to the Gentiles.Some wonderful lines of praise to God – especially in the second chapter.The letter ties in wonderfully with Habakkuk we are considering in the mornings. We see Paul’s joy despite circumstances.Adversity…

04 The Purpose and Heart of Prayer

Philippians 1 v 9-11 Christian prayer has at heart the praise and glory of God.Paul is concerned about four things regarding the spiritual well-being of the Philippians: That their love may abound and increase – growing more and more (2 Pet 1:5-8).Our love must grow in knowledge and all discernment. Love that is blind to…