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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716204855
  • Publisher: Epworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Epworth Commentary Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction
Preface
Bibliography
Abbreviations
Introduction
Philippi and Paul's mission
The place and date of writing
The situation giving rise to the letter
1 Paul's own situation
2 The situation and needs of the church
The contents and structure of the letter
1 Philippians as a letter
2 Philippians as an example of rhetoric
3 Analysis by content
Philippians - one letter or several fragments?
Commentary
1.1-2 Opening greeting 1
1.1a The writer 1
1.1b The readers 2
The use of 'In Christ' in Philippians 3
1.2 The greeting 4
A sermon in a greeting 5
1.3-11 Opening prayer-report 6
1.1-8 Paul gives thanks for the church 7
Making prayer more concrete 7
Joy in Philippians 8
Fellowship in Philippians 9
The nearness of the day of the Lord 12
The Christian mind 13
Love in the church 15
1.9-11 Paul's prayer for the church 15
Judgment and discernment 16
The paradox of grace 18
1.12-26 Paul's own situation and prospects 19
1.12-14 The positive effects of Paul's imprisonment 20
1.15-18a Two kinds of evangelist 22
A word to preachers 23
1.18b-20 Paul's confidence for the future 24
1.21-26 Life and death with Christ 27
Salvation or service? 29
Death and the Christian 32
1.27-2.18 Appeal for unity and humility within the church 34
1.27-30 Unity and opposition 34
Unity in the church 35
Onward, Christian soldiers? 37
2.1-4 Love in the church 41
Incentives to Christian unity 41
Keeping the church leaders happy 43
Unity and diversity in the congregation 44
Humility and service 46
2.5-11 The example and lordship of Christ 47
The significance of the 'hymn' 58
2.12-18 The outworking of salvation in the life of the church 59
Obedience in the church 60
The work of God and the work of the believer 62
Seeing things from a long-term perspective 65
The life of the church 66
2.19-30 Future visits to Philippi by Paul and his colleagues 67
2.19-24 Timothy's planned visit to Philippi 68
Human plans and God's will 70
2.25-30 Epaphroditus' return to Philippi 70
Epaphroditus 74
3.1-4.1 Warning against Judaizers 75
The Judaizers and the preacher today 76
3.1-11 Two sources of confidence 77
Pride 82
Christ the only Saviour 91
The cruciform life 94
3.12-16 Christian maturity 94
Christian perfection 98
3.17-4.1 Two ways of life 99
The place of example 100
The problem of nominal Christians 100
The problem of final judgment 102
The resurrection of the body 104
4.2-9 Practical instructions for life in the church 107
4.2-3 Unity between quarrelling Christians 108
Women in the church 110
4.4 Joy in the Lord 111
4.5 Sweet reasonableness 111
4.6-7 Prayer drives away anxiety and care 112
4.8-9 The Christian's thoughts 114
Divine blessings 116
4.10-20 Thanks for a gift to Paul 118
Christian giving 123
4.21-23 Closing greetings 124
Finally, my friends 125
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