To know that we are not alone, to come to depend on one another, and to work together for the good of the lost and the glory of God—these are vital needs of the church in every age, but perhaps especially today. The letter of Paul to the Philippians, written amid suffering, yet ringing with joy, calls for precisely this kind of Christian unity.
In this expository commentary, David T. A. Strain develops the apostle’s theme that the life of a Christian is incomplete and immeasurably weakened when lived apart from the fellowship of the whole church. Strain not only provides a faithful explanation of the epistle to the Philippians but also shows the contemporary relevance and urgency of its message.
David Strain is a razor-sharp pastor who preaches what we ought to practice and strives to practice what he preaches. More importantly, he preaches Christ crucified and raised as the true source of faith and life. In his superb commentary on Philippians, Strain pays careful attention to Paul’s words and phrases while drawing out fresh, pastoral wisdom from this epistle of joy. So read and rejoice; again I will say, read and rejoice!
—R. Carlton Wynne, assistant professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
These sermons wonderfully exemplify the characteristics of good preaching found in the Westminster Assembly’s Directory for Public Worship: they are plain, faithful, wise, and grave, and they come from the study of a diligent workman who is taught of God and has a heart filled with loving affection for the saints. The exegesis is clear, the logic is forceful, the illustrations are insightful, and the application is probing. If you’re preaching on Philippians, consult this book with confidence.
—Caleb Cangelosi, associate pastor at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church, Ridgeland, Mississippi
Exegetically, theologically, pastorally these are excellent sermons. Happy should be the congregation that listens to such preaching. It has made me want to preach Philippians all over again. There are fresh insights into familiar passages and great help in preparation for the preacher here.
—Paul Levy, minister of International Presbyterian Church, Ealing,