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)
Dr. Jones was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1963 and ministered in several pastorates in Wales and England over 25 years. During those years, he was a member of the executive committee of the British Evangelical Council of Churches, editor of its theological journal and chairman of its study conference. In addition he was co-chairman of the Westminster Fellowship of Ministers succeeding Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The London Theological Seminary commenced in 1977 and Dr. Jones became its first principal in 1985, lecturing in Hebrew and biblical studies, hermeneutics, and homiletics. During that time he also taught in Romania, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. In 1995, he was Scholar in Residence at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS; and since 1998 has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Puritan and Reformed Theological Seminary in Michigan. Before coming to Westminster Seminary California in 2000, he served for four years as Editorial Director of the Banner of Truth Trust. Dr. Jones has written commentaries on Exodus, Philippians, and most recently, Job. He has also written Gospel and Church; Unity in Truth; Only One Way; and Let’s Study Hebrews. He contributed two essays to the Faculty Symposium CJPM. He and and his wife, Nansi, have been married for more than 45 years. They are blessed with three children and five granddaughters. Their son-in-law studied at Westminster Seminary California and is now a pastor in England.