Sprinkled with cherished and memorable verses, Paul’s letter to the Philippians is for many a favorite book of the Bible. Written from prison, it serves as Paul’s missionary report and thank you to a faithful church, as well as a warm pastoral exhortation to make the advancement of the gospel their top priority. Paul models and calls for joy in the midst of suffering, warns against dangerous false teaching, and calls for Christian unity grounded in the example of the Lord Jesus.
In a day often marked by selfish ambition, spiritual laziness, disunity, and joyless living, Philippians contains an eminently practical message for contemporary Christians. Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Frank Thielman skillfully draws out the timeless truths of this loving letter in a lucid and powerful way.
“God works not merely in spite of but through adverse circumstances.” (Page 65)
“(1) First, and most important, Philippians is about Christian unity.” (Page 24)
“The two paragraphs, then, are closely tied together and make the point that internal unity is necessary for holding back the destructive forces that would hinder the progress of the gospel.” (Page 96)
“(2) Philippians has much to say to the church about the problem of suffering.” (Page 26)
“The phrase ‘discern what is best’ refers to the ability to distinguish ‘the things that really matter’ from a variety of competing possibilities.” (Page 41)
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Frank Thielman is a New Testament scholar and the Presbyterian professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. He studied at Wheaton College, the University of Cambridge, Duke University, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Thielman is a member of the prestigious Studiorum Novie Testamenti Societas and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written several books, including Paul and the Law: A Contextual Approach, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Ephesians, The NIV Application Commentary: Philippians, and Theology of the New Testament.