The truth revealed behind the phrase “for me to live is Christ” transforms our responses to present imperfections and future hope. Johnson’s commentary—grounded in pastoral application—is ideal for sermon preparation and devotional reading.

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The truth revealed behind the phrase “for me to live is Christ” transforms our responses to present imperfections and future hope. Johnson’s commentary—grounded in pastoral application—is ideal for sermon preparation and devotional reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Bryan Chapell
Dennis Johnson's Philippians: To Live is Christ is a treasured contribution to P&R's Reformed Expository Commentary series. Johnson's experience as a preacher and teacher of preachers not only makes these messages wonderful models of exposition, but also his expertise in Biblical Theology permeates every page. The Christ-centered focus is beautifully and powerfully interwoven throughout.
Greg R. Scharf
I am always glad to see commentaries that will help preachers. This one is sure to do that. It is beautifully and clearly written; that will help a preacher’s style. It is theologically, historically, and canonically accurate; that will help a preacher’s faithfulness. It pays great attention to details in the Greek text without being pedantic but it also shows how these little parts fit together to make a whole; that is what preachers are called to do. It is rich with individual insights that preachers will enjoy sharing. Its titles, captions, illustrations, and applications model what preachers should aspire to. Its courageous tackling of contemporary aberrations such as prosperity teaching will stiffen pastoral backbones to do the same. It condenses some of the best insights from other commentators and that will save a preacher’s precious time! I highly recommend it for preachers and those who listen to them.
Robert Gundry
Pastors aspiring to preach expositorily (as all pastors should preach), take note! Philippians by Dennis E. Johnson is as good a source for such preaching as you’ll ever get—and as good an example of it as you’ll ever get, for it represents his own preaching. The commentary has everything you’d want: not only uncluttered exegesis, cross-references to the rest of Scripture, and theological integration, but also historical background and parallels, literary references, illustrations from and applications to modern life, allusions to pop culture, local color, and warmth of personal testimony. The chapter titles alone will whet your appetite. Use this commentary both for Philippians and also as a template for pastoral exposition of other biblical books.
Michael Horton
“As a student of Dr. Johnson's, I came to admire his insight into Scripture and his pastoral heart. Exemplifying the model of proclaiming Christ from all of the scriptures, this outstanding commentary on Philippians unpacks the treasures of the apostle's teaching with profound skill that captivates the heart.”
S.M. Baugh
"Anything written by Dennis Johnson is well worth reading. He has been thinking about, preaching and teaching from Philippians for many years, so this work is all the more worth reading. It is filled with valuable insights into the biblical text and its practical consequences. This book is a true gem just like the man who wrote it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596382008
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/17/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis E. Johnson (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, author of The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption, and a contributor to numerous books and theological journals.

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