Of all his letters addressed to churches, Paul’s letter to the Philippians is the most personal. In Philippians we get to meet some of the people associated with the church, albeit briefly, people such as Timothy and Epaphroditus.
In the New Testament, joy is closely associated with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and with suffering and persecution.
Who were the Judaisers? And what does Paul say about circumcision in Philippians 3?
Paul had invested many years and much effort in strenuously studying and following Pharisaical Judaism. However, he willingly relinquished and forfeited all the advantages and privileges of his heritage and training. In fact, Paul saw the advantages as disadvantages and the privileges as liabilities. Paul had come to realise that following the traditions of Judaism, or any amount of human effort, was not able to earn him salvation or enable him to gain Christ.
What is the righteousness that comes from God? What does it mean to be justified? What does it mean to be reconciled with God?
Paul was not lumbered with past regrets or even past triumphs. His focus was onward and upward. What is the “upward call of God in Christ” mentioned in Philippians 3:14? Is it heaven or something different?
Paul did not regard his goal of spiritual maturity as something only special Christians should aspire to, but as something all Christians should aim for.
Paul refers to the Day of Christ three times in his letter to the Philippians. What is the Day of Christ? Are you looking forward to this Day?
Women and men ministered together in the Philippian church. Who were these ministers?
In Philippians 4:6-9, Paul tells the Christians in Philippi to be “anxious for nothing”, and he provides the antidote for worry and anxiety.
Our attitude to money can be a powerful force in our lives. Our attitude towards wealth and financial security could well be an area that God needs to work on.
This is the final session of our Philippians Bible study. This short entry looks at Paul’s closing greetings and blessing. It also looks briefly at Nero, the Roman Emperor in rule when Paul wrote Philippians.
The first year or two of marriage can be bewildering, disappointing, and even painful, for some newlyweds. I offer this advice in the hope that it may prevent some conflict and heartache.
This article is about Junia—a minister mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:7—using and critiquing the ESV as a reference. Was Junia really a female apostle?
When we entrust our lives to Jesus, our eternal life begins. Our salvation is a done deal, or so it would seem. Is it really a case of instant christianity?
This essay takes a close look at James 2:14-26 and explores the link between genuine Christian faith and compassionate, ethical deeds.
Genuine faith in Jesus motivates our entire being. It moves our emotions, engages our mind, involves making decisions, and inspires our actions.
In the past, many people have had a narrow and lowly view of the meaning of “helper” (ezer) used for Eve in Genesis 2:18 & 20. How is ezer used elsewhere in the Hebrew Old Testament?
What is your main motivation for sharing with others the grace, hope and salvation that comes through Jesus? My main motivation is joy. [450 words]
Many people feel trapped and suffer in situations beyond their control. How can we prosper and have success despite difficult and unpleasant circumstances? [300 words]
We need to discern the voices that are constantly presenting ideas, some of which may be opposed to God. Here are 4 ways to guard our hearts and minds.