In this Preaching the Word commentary on Philippians, R. Kent Hughes gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this joyous letter of thanksgiving and encouragement in the midst of a fallen world.
The four chapters of Philippians contain some of the most-quoted and beloved passages in Scripture: For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain, Rejoice in the Lord always, Do not be anxious about anything, I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Yet in our familiarity with the Apostle Paul's words to his favorite church, we must be careful not to miss the deeper themes, says commentator R. Kent Hughes. Themes such as the robust fellowship and unity that Paul shared with the Christians at Philippi based on their mutual commitment to the gospel.
Theirs was a partnership we rarely see today—between people who were bound together in the great cause of unfurling the gospel flag in cities, countries, and other cultures—undergirded by Paul's central call to let their manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ. It was a joyous cause, a unity, a manner of life that should be ours as well.
The characteristics of such true Christian conduct and spirit are detailed throughout this epistle and this commentary, with every aspect ultimately centering in Christ. Hughes's faithful exposition and application will reveal how much Philippians is about Christ and about people in Christ Jesus, as well as about people who are in the joyful fellowship of the gospel together because they are in Christ.
Philippians is part of a Bible commentary series entitled Preaching the Word. The series is noted for its unqualified commitment to biblical authority, clear exposition of Scripture, readability, and practical application. Pastor R. Kent Hughes is the general editor for the series, which will eventually encompass every book of the Bible. It is an ideal resource for pastors and teachers, as well as for personal Bible study.
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—Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School; Executive Editor, Christianity Today
For this outstanding series of expository commentaries, Kent Hughes has assembled a team of unusually gifted scholar-preachers. The series will be widely used and much sought after.
—Eric J. Alexander, Retired Senior Minister, St. George's-Tron Parish Church, Glasgow, Scotland
The Preaching the Word commentary series is one of my favorites. The focus upon explaining a text with preaching it as the goal makes the series resonate with the priorities of the pulpit. No academic aloofness here, but down-to-earth, preacher-to-preacher meat for God's people.
—Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary
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