The Message of Philippians
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The Message of Philippians

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by J. Alec Motyer

The Message of Philippians
paperback
  • Length: 234 pages
  • Published: February 14, 1984
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-87784-310-8
  • Item Code: 0310
  • Case Quantity: 44

If you were in jail, what sort of letter would you write to your Christian friends? Would it focus on the difficulties--the poor food, cramped quarters and lonely isolation?

Paul's letter to the Philippians, written from prison, has no hint of self-pity. The letter radiates joy--joy that Christ was proclaimed, joy in fellowship with the Philippian Christians and, above all, joy in Jesus himself.

In this volume of the Bible Speaks Today series, Alec Motyer identifies three major themes that filled Paul's heart and mind as he wrote: the unity of the church, the person of Jesus and what he has achieved, and the call to live a life worthy of the gospel.

CONTENTS

General preface
Author's preface
Chief Abbreviations
Introduction: Paul and Philippi
1. The Christian defined - 1:1-2
2. Leaders alongside - 1:1-2
3. Assurance - 1:3-7
4. Growing for glory - 1:8-11
5. Yesterday, today and for ever - 1:12-26
6. Suffering - 1:13-14
7. Divisions - 1:15-18
8. Looking forward - 1:19-26
9. The steadfast church - 1:27-30
10. The worthy life - 2:1-4
11. The mind of Christ - 2:5-8
12. Responses, divine and human - 2:9-11
13. Working it out - 2:12-18
14. Model Christians - 2:19-30
15. Anger and joy - 3:1-3
16. Profit and loss - 3:4-8
17. Satisfied - 3:9-12
18. On to maturity - 3:13-16
19. Enemies of the cross - 3:17-19
20. Christ our hope - 3:20-21
21. Meanwhile - 4:1-3
22. The peace of God and the God of peace - 4:4-9
23. The contented Christian - 4:10-20
24. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ - 4:21-23
Appendix: Where Paul wrote Philippians

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J. Alec Motyer

J. Alec Motyer (1924–2016) was a renowned Old Testament pastor and scholar. With extensive experience in parish ministry, he was principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England, and was well known as a Bible expositor. His books include The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he was the Old Testament editor of The Bible Speaks Today commentary series.

Read about his legacy in this article in memoriam from the Gospel Coalition.

BY J. Alec Motyer

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