A comparison of the Epistle to the Philippians to the letters that Paul had written before it might seem to indicate that the church at Philippi had no censurable weaknesses at all. Such a thought, of course, cannot be true, because just as “there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Eccl. 7: 20 ESV), so it is with churches, even though the church at Philippi was not charged with any doctrinal deviation or moral blemish. At this point, it is sufficient to note that, as it was a church that could be prayed for (1:4) and preached to (1:28), it obviously did not have all it needed. It could gain more. It could even lose much of what it had (see 3:1–2; 17–18). In these general but important respects, it was a church like any other in any place or time. It could prosper or decline. The apostle Paul wrote so that it might grow (1:9–11, 25–30), and as he did so in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Head of the Church, what he wrote speaks to churches at the present time.
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“It relates to the skill of seeing the relevance of the fear of the Lord to the complexities of life in a fallen world” (Page 41)
“The way to become anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything” (Page 146)
“Paul is writing to a church, but he does not use that term. Instead, he focuses on people (see 1:1–3) who, although they have shown their genuine character by a concern for the gospel, need to live worthily of ‘the faith of the gospel’ (1:27). Possessing and expressing ‘the mind of Christ’ (2:5, KJV) and ‘the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ’ (1:19), not only will they will make spiritual progress, but so also will the gospel in ‘a crooked and twisted generation’ (2:15).” (Page 25)
“It was a cosmopolitan city and its religious outlook was syncretistic. Monuments to the imperial cult existed side by side with sanctuaries for the gods of Egypt. Isis was regarded as the protector of Philippi from 42 bc and Serapis was recognized, as was Cybele, the great mother goddess.” (Pages 13–14)
“The picture which is painted by these words is one in which truth is not merely rejected, but so distorted as to seem to be falsehood, and goodness is regarded as evil (see Isa. 5:20–21).” (Page 95)