Philippians: The Fellowship of the Gospel

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Crossway, 2007 - Religion - 237 pages

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.

Recommendations for the Series

“The single best resource for faithful biblical exposition available today. A great boon for genuine reformation!”
—Timothy George
Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“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

“I’m delighted to endorse the philosophy behind the series edited by my friend Kent Hughes. Here sounds out the voice not of the scholar in the study but of the scholar in the pulpit. The authors are all able teachers who regularly expound God’s living Word to his people. May this rich material give us ‘patterns of preaching’ that will not only feed the flock, but, by God’s grace, change the church.”
—R. C. Lucas
Retired Rector, St. Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate, London, England

About the Series

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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Contents

A Particular Joy PHILIPPIANS 11 2
15
Pauls Joyous Thanksgiving PHILIPPIANS 136
23
Pauls Joyful Affection PHILIPPIANS 178
31
Pauls Prayer PHILIPPIANS 1911
39
The Gospel First PHILIPPIANS 11218a
47
Pauls Joyous Confidence PHILIPPIANS 118b26
55
Worthy Citizens PHILIPPIANS 12730
65
Living Worthily in the Church PHILIPPIANS 214
73
Pauls Desire to Know Christ Fully PHILIPPIANS 310 11
137
One Thing I Do PHILIPPIANS 31216
145
Stand Firm PHILIPPIANS 317 41
155
Garrisoned by Peace PHILIPPIANS 427
163
Good Thoughts PHILIPPIANS 48 9
173
Content in Christ PHILIPPIANS 41013
181
Assurances for the Generous PHILIPPIANS 41420
189
A Fond Farewell PHILIPPIANS 42123
197

The SelfHumiliation of Christ PHILIPPIANS 258
81
Christs SuperExaltation PHILIPPIANS 2911
89
On Common Salvation PHILIPPIANS 21218
97
Timothy One Who Seeks Others Interests PHILIPPIANS 21924
105
A Man to Honor PHILIPPIANS 22530
113
Rejoicing and Warning PHILIPPIANS 313
121
From Reveling to Revulsion PHILIPPIANS 349
129
Notes
207
Scripture Index
223
General Index
229
Index of Sermon Illustrations
235
About the Book Jacket
239
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R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

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