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Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians

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Basics for Believers is for Christians taking their first steps of faith as well as experienced saints reexamining their spiritual foundations. Both will gain exceptional instruction and encouragement from this fresh look at the fundamental disciplines of the Christian life.

To ensure persistent progress in their journey of faith, Carson urges believers to:

  • Put the gospel first in their relationships, prayer life, career goals, and personal choices.
  • Take the right perspective on the cross and let it shape their outlook on suffering, witnessing, and persevering for the faith.
  • Emulate Christian leaders who model compassion, faithfulness, confidence in Christ, and heavenly mindedness.
  • Resolve never to give up the Christian walk but instead to pursue the same seven virtues Paul enjoins upon the Philippians.This summons to “get back to the basics” lays a solid foundation for withstanding storms that beat upon the house of faith today.

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  • Title: Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians
  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 128

About D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or editor of more than forty books.

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“The heart of true fellowship is self-sacrificing conformity to a shared vision.” (Page 16)

“Both from Paul’s example and from that of the Philippians, then, we must learn this first point: the fellowship of the gospel, the partnership of the gospel, must be put at the center of our relationships with other believers.” (Page 19)

“Rather, secularization refers to the processes that squeeze religion to the periphery of life. The result is not that we abandon religion or banish the gospel; rather, religion is marginalized and privatized, and the gospel is rendered unimportant.” (Page 13)

“But what must tie us together as Christians is this passion for the gospel, this fellowship in the gospel.” (Page 19)

“Second, the sapping influences of self-indulgence throughout the Western world wield their power in the church. For many confessing Christians, it has become more important to be comfortable and secure than to be self-sacrificing and giving.” (Page 14)

D. A. Carson

D.A. Carson (b. 1946) is one of the most respected New Testament scholars in the world. A respected teacher, author, and speaker, he is currently research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the president of The Gospel Coalition. He has served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church and as the first dean of the seminary of Northwest Baptist Theological College, now known as Northwest Baptist Seminary. Logos has collected his sermons—including audio—in the D.A. Carson Sermon Archive.

Carson lectures in academic and church settings around the world, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Exegetical Fallacies, Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to John, The Gagging of God, Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14 and the Intolerance of Tolerance. He is the editor of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series, and coedited of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament with G.K. Beale, and the Studies in New Testament Greek series with Stanley Porter. You can find more of Carson’s work in the Baker D.A. Carson Collection (15 vols.).


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  1. Jean Claude Petit
  2. James Clapper

    James Clapper


    The Christian life is one that is lived out - not merely thought about. D.A. Carson certainly encouraged believers to live out their faithfulness in his study on Philippians, "Basics for Believers". While there is much practical wisdom in this book that I certainly enjoyed, I found some of the thoughts in the book to be distracting from the overall message (perhaps due to my recent theological shifts). Carson's theological positions on the cross was a bit to Evangelical/Reformed for my taste (I hold more of a nuanced Christus Victor view). The topic of the cross also seemed to be emphasized more in the book than it is in Philippians itself. Don't get me wrong, the cross is an important topic; it just seems that the enthronement which resulted from Christ's work on the cross was Paul's primary emphasis. He also mentioned that we prepare for Heaven a few times. While this is true, we tend to think of Heaven as our final destination. It is not. Heaven will one day come to Earth - this is part of the Gospel. This is a part of the whole narrative of the Bible. Leaving it at Heaven tend to cause confusion amongst believers. Perhaps my critiques seem nitpicky, but there is some theology I'm trying to move away from that I found in this book. Nevertheless, as I mentioned in the beginning, there is much that is good about this book. We need to truly live according to God's ways and not be lazy about it. This book can help us remember to do that.

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