Paul unashamedly expressed his longing for the Philippians, who remained faithful to him and the Gospel even in his absence. With Jesus as the standard and source of such affection, Paul revealed his passion through his prayers. As Alistair Begg walks us through the apostle’s appeals to God, he warns that Christian love can go astray if it is not properly founded on Scripture. When we study His Word, however, our responses will be molded and framed by God’s will.
7It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,4 both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Even as a prisoner, the Apostle Paul remained confident about his direction and purpose in life: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” When pride and jealousy fostered division among the Philippian Christians, then, Paul redirected their focus to Jesus, the supreme example of sacrificial love. Passionate that all should share in God’s grace, he also provided principles to guide the Church in all generations as we set our sights on Him.
In Volume 1 of this series, Alistair Begg examines the loving, Gospel-centered partnership Paul enjoyed with the Philippians. Concerned that neither their fellowship nor their witness would be jeopardized, Paul promoted unity through humility, charity, and practical obedience. By trusting in God’s providence and promises, we too can learn to rejoice in all circumstances and display faith that is attractive to a watching world.
|Partners in the Gospel||Philippians 1:1-6|
|Feelings and Longings||Philippians 1:7-11|
|Christ is Preached||Philippians 1:12-18|
|Desires and Necessities||Philippians 1:18-26|
|Take a Stand||Philippians 1:27-30|
|Living in Harmony||Philippians 2:1-4|
|The Attitude of Christ||Philippians 2:5-8|
|Name Above Every Other Name||Philippians 2:9-11|
|Who is Doing What?||Philippians 2:12-13|
|Becoming Children of God||Philippians 2:14-18|
|That's What Friends Are||Philippians 2:19-30|
The Apostle Paul was in no doubt as to his direction and purpose in life. In the very heart of this letter to the Philippians, he makes his focus clear. "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" Throughout this letter, Paul urges upon these dear Philippian believers the need for them to be equally focused when it comes to the matter of living for Christ.
This series of studies will not only prove useful for the Christian who is seeking to get "back on track," but also to the local church that is seeking to discover its identity in Christ and fulfill the purpose God has for it. The problems that had arisen among Philippian Christians could not be allowed to jeopardize their enjoyment of one another’s company, nor their witness before the watching world. Like a skillful shepherd, Paul establishes them in the truths necessary to live for Christ.
|Righteousness From God||Philippians 3:1|
|I Want To Know Christ||Philippians 3:4|
|Christian Maturity||Philippians 3:12|
|Where Do I Belong?||Philippians 3:17-4:1|
|Love, Joy, Peace||Philippians 4:2|
|The Power of Proper Thinking||Philippians 4:1|
|Learning for Living||Philippians 4:8|
|The Secret of Contentment||Philippians 4:10|
|Spiritual Investing, Part One||Philippians 4:14|
|Spiritual Investing, Part Two||Philippians 4:14|