The Message of Philippians

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If you were in jail, what sort of letter would you write to your Christian friends? Would it focus on the difficulties—the poor food, cramped quarters and lonely isolation?

Paul's letter to the Philippians, written from prison, has no hint of self-pity. The letter radiates joy—joy that Christ was proclaimed, joy in fellowship with the Philippian Christians and, above all, joy in Jesus himself.

In this volume of the Bible Speaks Today series, ...

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Overview

If you were in jail, what sort of letter would you write to your Christian friends? Would it focus on the difficulties—the poor food, cramped quarters and lonely isolation?

Paul's letter to the Philippians, written from prison, has no hint of self-pity. The letter radiates joy—joy that Christ was proclaimed, joy in fellowship with the Philippian Christians and, above all, joy in Jesus himself.

In this volume of the Bible Speaks Today series, Alec Motyer identifies three major themes that filled Paul's heart and mind as he wrote: the unity of the church, the person of Jesus and what he has achieved, and the call to live a life worthy of the gospel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877843108
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/1984
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Series
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Alec Motyer (M.A., B.D., D.D.) was formerly principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England. He has extensive experience in parish ministry and is well known as a Bible expositor. He is author of The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he is Old Testament editor of IVP's commentary series, The Bible Speaks Today. He has written several volumes in that series.

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Table of Contents

General preface
Author's preface
Chief Abbreviations
Introduction: Paul and Philippi
1. The Christian defined - 1:1-2
2. Leaders alongside - 1:1-2
3. Assurance - 1:3-7
4. Growing for glory - 1:8-11
5. Yesterday, today and for ever - 1:12-26
6. Suffering - 1:13-14
7. Divisions - 1:15-18
8. Looking forward - 1:19-26
9. The steadfast church - 1:27-30
10. The worthy life - 2:1-4
11. The mind of Christ - 2:5-8
12. Responses, divine and human - 2:9-11
13. Working it out - 2:12-18
14. Model Christians - 2:19-30
15. Anger and joy - 3:1-3
16. Profit and loss - 3:4-8
17. Satisfied - 3:9-12
18. On to maturity - 3:13-16
19. Enemies of the cross - 3:17-19
20. Christ our hope - 3:20-21
21. Meanwhile - 4:1-3
22. The peace of God and the God of peace - 4:4-9
23. The contented Christian - 4:10-20
24. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ - 4:21-23
Appendix: Where Paul wrote Philippians

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