For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
The church at Philippi evidently had a lot going for it. Paul was full of joy because of what was happening there; they were energetic in evangelism and demonstrated the power of the gospel through their lives. However, like all churches and indeed all Christians, it was not perfect—needing among other things to be challenged, warned, and prayed for. For Christians today, there is a lot to be learned from the people in Philippi, particularly with regard to the enjoyment they had in living and proclaiming their faith. The challenges set them by Paul and the encouragement he gave them are both areas where Christians today can and should learn from.
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“Clearly, being content in a Christian sense does not mean pretending that the circumstances of life do not exist or that they have no effect on the body (hunger) or the mind (need).” (Page 142)
“It is not abject servility, as the Greeks deprecatingly thought, but dignified service of others which characterises God himself.” (Page 62)
“But there were others who wanted to fill the gap to gain some notice and praise for themselves” (Page 36)
“Christians are called upon to work out because God is at work within them.” (Page 80)
“ It refers to something which is of an ongoing nature. This is not the work of a day; it is the task of a lifetime.” (Page 81)