Beware!

“Beware of the dogs! Beware of those who work evil! Beware of the mutilators!” (Philippians 3:2) Having told the Philippian church to stand on firm ground, he now warns them about predators who will seek to draw them off of that sure ground of scripture. In the larger context, Paul is speaking of the danger… Read More

Selfless Living

“Therefore I urgently send him in order that you might rejoice in seeing him again and also that I might be free from anxiety.” (Philippians 2:28) Now that Epaphroditus has recovered, it is Paul’s desire to return him home…not because Paul no longer wishes this man to minister to him in prison, but because it… Read More

Death on a Cross

“he humbled himself, becoming obedient even up to death…even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8) It is true, people understood the horrors of crucifixion back in the first century better than we understand the horrors of this form of death today. We certainly know all of the technical details of what happens to the body… Read More

Evangelism and Discipleship: And/Both not Either/Or

“Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and stay on with all of you for your advancement and joy of the faith.” (Philippians 1:25) Here is a significant idea that is often missed in the life of the church and even of believers. We have been impressed so strongly with the call to… Read More

Come Out of the Closet!

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel, so that it became known to the whole of the Praetorium and to all the rest that my chains are in Christ and many of the brethren, being persuaded in the Lord through my… Read More

A Military Model

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always and every prayer of mine for all of you, making prayer with gladness because of your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5) In the military, there is something that they refer to as a “Tooth-to-Tail Ratio (T3R).”… Read More

Grace and Peace to you…

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:2) When you greet others who are Christians, how do you greet them? Do you have a sincere wish for them that God would give them grace and peace or do you greet them begrudgingly, perhaps because of something that… Read More

Elders and Deacons

“Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons.” (Philippians 1:1) Finally, we see that Paul not only addresses this letter to the people of the church, but to its leadership — the overseers and the deacons. It is certainly… Read More

Bondservants of Christ

“Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons.” (Philippians 1:1) Philippians is one of Paul’s later letters, written while in Prison in Rome (c.f. 4:22), and towards the end of his life. This places the letter as having been… Read More