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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
COMMENTARIES ON PHILIPPIANS
Be joyful (Philippians) by Wiersbe, Warren - always worth checking
Philippians in the Greek New Testament : for the English reader by Wuest, Kenneth - one of my favorite sources - his writings are a veritable "gold mine"!
James Rosscup - This is one of Wuest’s better expositions of a book. He is often sound though simple in the Greek, explaining the text verse by verse and giving helpful word studies. Though he uses the Greek, he does not reproduce it in his book and so his commentary is very helpful even to the Christian who does not know Greek. Again, this is a good book to recommend to laymen as well as useful often for preaching and teaching.
Here is the same book with no restrictions - Philippians Commentary - Verse by Verse Comments
The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible : New Testament, King James Version - Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians - This is a very useful resource which always includes numerous related cross-references. It will be of aid to you preaching and teaching.
Philippians : an expositional commentary by Boice, James Montgomery
James Rosscup - A lucid and very readable simple exposition that is helpful and competent on many of the issues. The work is geared more to simple study. The exposition is practical and sermonic, with sometimes good background and comparison with relevant passages from other Scripture. He illustrates heavily from literature, history, and contemporary life.
The joy of living a study of philippians by J.DWight Pentecost
Cyril Barber - This series of expository messages not only does justice to the apostle's stated purpose but also edifies and enriches the reader as he is led by this master of the pulpit to understand the theme of this epistle. Recommended.First published in 1973. This commentary is ideal for personal use. Review questions can be used for group discussion. Ably treats the believer’s resources including the antidote to worry and the secret of contentment.
Philippians : happiness beyond our happenings by Briscoe, D. Stuart
Cyril Barber - First published in 1975 and reprinted in 1984. Comprises a lay person’s commentary on Philippians that is plain and practical, and explains how believers may endure suffering while at the same time meeting their problems with faith and courage. The result is the ability to live consistently for the Lord. Recommended.
Bound for joy : Philippians-Paul's letter from prison by Briscoe, D. Stuart
Philippians / Colossians by McGee, J. Vernon
Count it all joy : discover a happiness that circumstances cannot change by Jeremiah, David
Turning toward joy by Jeremiah, David
Cyril Barber - Covers Paul’s letter to the Philippians in 12 chapters. Questions for group discussion are to be found in the study portion of this book. An ideal exposition of true joy for lay people.
Laugh again : experience outrageous joy : a study of Philippians : Bible study guide by Swindoll, Charles R; Hough, Lee Minis
Cyril Barber - Topical messages on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Lightweight.
A profile of Christian maturity : a study of Philippians by Getz, Gene
Cyril Barber - First published a decade ago under the title A Profile of Christian Maturity. Covers Paul's Philippian letter simply and directly. Getz shows the importance of facing life realistically.
James Rosscup - A provocative catalyst for personal study, application and growth, or group or family use, this is a well-organized little book. Each chapter has several parts: Something to Think About, A Look at Paul’s Letters, What Did Paul Say?, What Did Paul Mean?, Application, Life Response, and A Project. Each of the fourteen chapters takes a few verses, dealing briefly and simply with them.
Paul's Letter to the Philippians - New International Commentary on the NT by Fee, Gordon D
Cyril Barber - This is a most valuable contribution to the literature on this prison epistle. Fee is a premier NT scholar. His handling of the Greek text is superb. Pastors will find this study of Philippians to be of inestimable help in the preparation of their expository messages
Cyril Barber on IVP NT Commentary - An accurate explanation of the theme of this letter. Here is profound scholarship in the service of the believer.
James Rosscup - This effort (New International Commentary on the NT) of 543 pp. with 497 on commentary replaces in the series J. J. Muller’s 1955 work which also has Philemon. Fee’s study is careful phrase by phrase, usually helpful, yet not as much an assist as O’Brien or Hawthorne, for example. Cf. Fee’s shorter 204-pp. Philippians in the IVP NTC series, 1999. This longer attempt has a 26-pp. bibliography, and Fee reflects keen awareness of views, as in his careful assessment of efforts to divide the letter into three epistles, and Fee’s reasons for unity (21–23). Another help is in giving five theological emphases (46–53). Hermeneutical factors receive attention, matters such as words, grammar, context, setting, customs.
Basics for Believers by Carson, D. A
James Rosscup - One finds an articulate, brief pb that gets to the point well on most verses but has to bypass a lot too. It shows Carson’s usual good grasp, and is particularly usable for those wanting a reliable but lighter survey—pastors, Bible class teachers, college students, and lay users.
Philippians : where life advances by Laurin, Roy L.
Cyril Barber - Grounds his exposition in the historic context of the times. Reveals remarkable originality in applying the message Paul sent to the believers in Phillipi. Of practical value to lay people
The message of Philippians : Jesus our joy by Motyer, J. A
Tim Challies - There is always room for one commentary that is a little less technical and suitable for a wide readership. Such is the case with Motyer’s volume in The Bible Speaks Today series. The work is necessarily brief, but apparently still powerful.
James Rosscup - This work, distinct from his 1966 Philippian Studies, is a lucid exposition of twenty-four sections, using the RSV text and a clear outline. Motyer (pronounced Mo-teer) gives good synopses of sections, keeps connections in the flow of thought in view, and deals with verses in an engaging style. He seems sound exegetically, theologically and applicationally. He defines many key Greek words such as those for “citizenship” (p. 93), “walk” (p. 181), etc. and offers an articulate discussion on many of the problems. Many references are footnoted, helping the readability. The work is stimulating for expositors but also for any lay person who wants to use a book with an attractive, simple flow without delving into technical points other works handle.
Philippians : joy under pressure by Stafford, Tim
Paul and his converts : the letters to the Thessalonians, Corinthians and Philippians by Bruce, F. F. (Frederick Fyvie), 1910-1990
Philippians, Colossians, Philemon - Life Application Commentary
Exposition of Philippians by Hendriksen, William,
James Rosscup - This work is based upon the Greek text but is not technical. It is rich devotionally and has a wealth of good commentary material. It is very helpful on problem passages (example, 3:1–2; 4:1–3), giving different views and coming to a conclusion, often with good reasoning.
Paul's joy in Christ; studies in Philippians by Robertson, A. T.
Philippians by Williams, Don (primarily asks questions)
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians by Lane, William L - Only 98 pages.
The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians : an introduction and commentary (Tyndale NT Commentary) by Martin, Ralph
Philippians - New Century Commentary by Martin, Ralph P
James Rosscup - Here Martin shows more use of critical sources and must be studied with discernment since he has been inclined away from some of his older, some will feel more defensible positions. Conservatives will probably prefer his Tyndale effort for its theological convictions.
The Epistles to the Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon by Rees, Paul S
James Rosscup - A good attempt at bringing out homiletic points sometimes richly suggestive for preaching.
The adequate man : Paul in Philippians by Rees, Paul S.
James Rosscup on The adequate man - A lucid devotional work, this book follows the thought of the epistle closely and deals with it in a rich sermonic way. There are many choice phrases and fitting illustrations which illumine the text, plus suggestive outlines. The author’s central purpose is to show that the believer can live a wholly adequate life, like Paul, by divine resource. This is another recommended book which will be especially enjoyed by laymen in the church. It is usually sound from the standpoint of the Greek.
Philippians, Colossians, Philemon by Gould, Dana, - Shepherd's Notes
Philippians : even when things go wrong you can have joy - Warren Wiersbe
Philippians : a Mentor commentary by Harmon, Matthew S
The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians; an exposition by Erdman, Charles
Let's study Philippians by Ferguson, Sinclair B
Cyril Barber - A clear exposition on a lay person’s level. Explains in brief, lucid chapters the essence of Paul’s teaching. Helpful.
James Rosscup - A professor of systematic theology at Philadelphia’s Westminster Theological Seminary contributed this 136-pager. It is a catalyst for personal or group Bible study, done in 27 chapters. Study guide material with tips appears on pp. 119–35 for a 13-time series.
The letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians by Barclay, William,
Invitation to Philippians : building a great Church through humility by Sunukjian, Donald R
Philippians : Bible study commentary by Vos, Howard Frederic
Exploring God's word : Bible guide to Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians by Guthrie, Donald
Philippians by Hawthorne, Gerald F - this is not the same as the WBC but that review is included to give you as sense of this work.
Tim Challies on the Word Biblical Commentary. Hawthorne’s volume in the WBC series receives unanimous approval. Jim Rosscup points out that “some rank this as the top commentary on Philippians due to the wide reading and masterfully good survey on introductory questions and its carefulness on grammar, philology, capture of the epistle’s flow and handling of difficult passages.” It is targeted at pastors but is equally appropriate for lay leaders.
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W
Cyril Barber - This is a book of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.
Studies in Philippians by Moule, H. C. G. (Handley Carr Glyn), 1841-1920
Cyril Barber - Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1977. First published in 1893 in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges series. These notes on the text demonstrate the author's perception and sensitivity in handling the apostle Paul's thought processes and theme. Differs from Moule's other work entitled Philippian Studies: Lessons in Faith and Love. Evangelical.
The epistle to the Philippians by Moule, H. C. G. (Handley Carr Glyn), 1841-1920
Cyril Barber - First published in 1897 as a part of the Cambridge Greek Testament, this insightful study treats the key words and phrases of this prison epistle.
The letters of Paul to the Philippians and to the Thessalonians; by Grayston, Kenneth
A NavPress Bible study on the book of Philippians by Nav Press
Paul's joy in Christ; studies in Philippians Commentary by A T Robertson
James Rosscup - Though he discusses Philippians in his Word Pictures, Robertson here devotes an entire detailed book on the epistle. He is rich in word studies and in the explanation of the text.
The Epistles of Paul to the Philippians and to Philemon by Müller, Jac. J. (Jacobus Johannes),
James Rosscup - This is one of the more detailed commentaries that grapples with interpretations of problem verses. It ranks close to Bruce, Hendriksen, Lightfoot, Martin (Tyndale) and Robertson along this line but is not close to Hawthorne, O’Brien, Fee, or Silva.
A commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians by Bockmuehl, Markus (Black's NT Commentary)
James Rosscup - This series claims to bring the latest scholarship to a broader readership, students and expositors. The present work is by a lecturer in divinity at Cambridge University. A 46-pp. introduction covers, among its topics, what latest research reflects about religion at Philippi, pagan and Judaism, also a decision favoring the letter’s unity versus theories of partition (20–25). Bockmuehl also provides reasons for Rome as the most convincing place of writing. Some of what is said in interaction with top scholars may render the introduction outside a realistic grasp or interest of non-scholars. Comments verse by verse pack in much that clarifies (e. g. faulty preachers in 1:15; 1:19; 2:5–11 with views on the hymn much of which non-scholars may think unnecessary; “perfect” in 3:12, 15; also 4:5; financial terms in 4:15–17, etc.). As a whole this is a very profitable 327-pp. work, even if not among the very best.
The epistle to the Philippians : a devotional commentary by Meyer, F. B.
James Rosscup - One of the famous English devotional writers and spiritual life speakers during the late 19th century and early 20th authored this perceptive and easy-flowing book. Lay persons as well as pastors and Bible teachers looking for a work that speaks to the heart and offers many insights into a deeper maturity in commitments of faith will find this a fresh breath. Meyer is known well for his series on Bible characters—Abraham, Moses, Elijah, etc.
Lectures exegetical and practical on the Epistle of Paul to the Philippians, with a revised translation of the Epistle and notes on the Greek text by Johnstone, Robert, professor in United Presbyterian
Note: The first 4 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function:
(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial. User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings
Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective user reviews
The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.
(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.
(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial. 917 ratings
(4) The Wycliffe Bible Commentary - only the New Testament (for OT see below to borrow) - 1126 pages. (1971) Everett F Harrison - Editor of New Testament. Uses the KJV. Strictly speaking not a study Bible, but short notes are similar. KJV text in left column, commentary notes in right column. The comments are generally verse by verse, short, conservative and to the point. Pre-millennial.
Quote from Henry Alford (1810-1871 - not a dispensationalist!) on Revelation 20 - "It will have been long ago anticipated by the readers of this Commentary, that I cannot consent to distort words from their plain sense and chronological place in the prophecy, on account of any considerations of difficulty, or any risk of abuses which the doctrine of the millennium may bring with it. Those who lived next to the Apostles, and the whole Church for 300 years, understood them in the plain literal sense: and it is a strange sight in these days to see expositors who are among the first in reverence of antiquity, complacently casting aside the most cogent instance of consensus which primitive antiquity presents. As regards the text itself, no legitimate treatment of it will extort what is known as the spiritual interpretation now in fashion.”
James Rosscup on Robert Mounce's contribution on the letter to the Philippians - Another competent, concise study by an evangelical, about as helpful as Lightner’s entry, usually substantial on the issues verse by verse. He has had the space to write more at length in his works on Matthew and Revelation.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical.
Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit
NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. One hour limit
Believer's Bible Commentary - OT and NT - MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Literal. Often has very insightful comments. John MacArthur, says "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe adds "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." One hour limit.
Rosscup - This work, originally issued in 1983, is conservative and premillennial, written to help teachers, preachers and people in every walk of life with different views, explanation and application. The 2-column format runs verse by verse for the most part, usually in a helpfully knowledgeable manner, and there are several special sections such as “Prayer” in Acts and “Legalism” in Galatians. The premillennial view is evident on Acts 1:6, 3:20, Romans 11:26, Galatians 6:16, Revelation 20, etc.
HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit
Life Application Study Bible: Old Testament and New Testament: New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes especially with application of texts. 4,445 ratings One hour limit
The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
Rosscup - Conservative and premillennial scholars here have been experts in their fields. The work contains brief introductions and attempts to give a verse-by-verse exposition, though it does skip over some verses. The treatments vary with the authors, but as a whole it is a fine one-volume commentary for pastors and students to use or give to a layman. Outstanding sections include, for example: Whitcomb on Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther; Culver on Daniel; Ladd on Acts; Harrison on Galatians; Johnson on I Corinthians; and Ryrie on the Johannine Epistles.
Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages. 424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion.
The Experiencing God Study Bible: the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings
NLT Study Bible (Illustration Version)
Disciple's Study Bible: New international version 54 ratings Not that helpful for verse by verse study. Focuses on application of Christian doctrines. 10,000 annotations; doctrinal summaries, "Life Helps" section relate doctrine to everyday discipleship.
The Living Insights Study Bible : New International Version - Charles Swindoll. Notes are good but somewhat sparse and not verse by verse.
The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe by Norman Geisler
"Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God’s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers’ personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world. Features include: • Four-color interior throughout • Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts • Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts • Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout • Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information • Detailed charts on pertinent topics • In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action "
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
Zondervan King James Version Commentary - New Testament
Ryrie Study Bible Expanded Edition (1994) 2232 pages
The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible : New American standard study by Strong, James, 1822-1894; Zodhiates, Spiros
The New Inductive Study Bible : updated New American Standard Bible - Introductions of each book give suggestions how to perform an inductive study on that specific book. Not strictly speaking a "study Bible" with notes but a Bible to help you study inductively. Has wide margins for making notes. This is one that works best in "paper," not digitally.
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - Judges by Andrew Boling (20 pages); editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews. (See also Boling's 380 page commentary on Judges the Anchor Bible Series)
Halley's Bible Handbook Henry H. Halley - (2000) 2720 pages (much larger than original edition in 1965 and no time limit on use). (Halley's Bible handbook : an abbreviated Bible commentary - one hour limit 1965 872 pages)
Rosscup - A much-used older evangelical handbook bringing together a brief commentary on Bible books, some key archaeological findings, historical background, maps, quotes, etc. It is helpful to a lay Bible teacher, Sunday School leader, or pastor looking for quick, pertinent information on a Bible book. This is the 72nd printing somewhat revised. Halley packed in much information. Unger’s is better overall, but that is not to say that Halley’s will not provide much help on basic information.
The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.
"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking!
MARK ADAMS - Redlands Baptist Church
- Philippians 1:1-11 Philippians - The Joyful Letter
- Philippians 1:6 Ephesians 2:10; Bridging the Gap
- Philippians 1:12-26 What Trials and Tribulations Can and Cannot Do
- Philippians 1:27-30 Being A Christian in a Non-Christian World
For each section:
- Thesis statement … to focus on the big idea
- Analytical outline … to guide the understanding
- Devotional questions … to encourage life application
- Representative quotations … to stimulate deeper insight
JACK ARNOLD SERMONS
""When I go to heaven..." were Jack Arnold's last words before dying instantly in the pulpit from a heart attack. The extraordinary event made international headlines (note).
- Acts 16:6-34 Introduction to Philippians
- Philippians 1:1-8 Participants or Spectators?
- Philippians 1:9-11 Pauls Prayer of Desire for the Philippians
- Philippians 1:12-18 Pauls Imprisonment Furthers the Gospel
- Philippians 1:19-26 Glorifying Christ in Life and Death
- Philippians 1:27-30 The Conflict of the Gospel
Philippians Devotionals - click for devotionals below
- Philippians 1:1-18 I Have You In My Heart
- Philippians 1:1-18
- Philippians 1:19-30 To Live Is Christ
- Philippians 1:19-30
CHRIS BENFIELD SERMONS
- Introduction to Philippians
- Philippians 1:1-2 A Greeting of Grace
- Philippians 1:3-8 Partners in the Faith
- Philippians 1: 8-11 Paul's Prayer for Philippi
- Philippians 1:9-11 A Prayer of Purpose
- Philippians 1:12-18 Committed to Promoting the Gospel
- Philippians 1:19-26 Torn between Two
- Philippians 1:27-30 Behavior becoming of Citizens
H Spurgeon wrote that Bengel's NT commentary "is the scholar’s delight. He selected the title as modest and appropriate, intending it in the sense of a pointer or indicator, like the sun-dial (see gnomon); his aim being to point out or indicate the full force and meaning of the words and sentences of the New Testament. He endeavors to let the text itself cast its shadow on his page, believing with Luther that “the science of theology is nothing else but grammar exercised on the words of the Holy Spirit..... Bengel condensed more matter into a line than can be extracted from pages of other writers."
John Wesley said of Bengel "I know of no commentator on the Bible equal to Bengel" and referred to him as "The great light of the Christian world."
James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps, but has been surpassed by many other commentaries since its day." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)
- Philippians 1-2 Survey
- Philippians 1:1-8
- Philippians 1:7-9
- Philippians 1:10-11
- Philippians 1:12-20
- Philippians 1:21-26
- Philippians 1:27-30
John Cereghin, Pastor - Heart-warming sermons by the "golden-mouthed" preacher of the early church. He admits "bishop" and "elder" used to refer to the same person (184), has an eloquent exposition of l:21 (195, 196), argues for the doctrines of the Trinity, the pre-existence of Christ, His deity, absolute equality with the Father (206-209), His full humanity (p. 213), and attacks those heresies that deny these doctrines.
Spurgeon - Adam Clarke is the great annotator of our Wesleyan friends; and they have no reason to be ashamed of him, for he takes rank among the chief of expositors. His mind was evidently fascinated by the singularities of learning, and hence his commentary is rather too much of an old curiosity shop, but it is filled with valuable rarities, such as none but a great man could have collected. (Lectures to My Students: Volume 4: Commenting on Commentaries)
- Philippians 1:1 - To the Saints of Philippi
- Philippians 1:6 The Perseverance of the Saints
- Philippians 1:21 To Live Is Christ
- Philippians 1:22-24 To Be with Christ
- Philippians 1:6 God's Election of His People's Perseverance
- Philippians 1:21-23 What I Believe About Heaven: The Inexpressable Preciousness
- Philippians 1:21-23 (second msg) What I Believe About Heaven: The Inexpressable Preciousness
- Philippians - Theology of
- 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica Epistle to the Philippians
- Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia Philippians epistle to the
- McClintock and Strong's Bible Encyclopedia Philippian
- Holman Bible Dictionary Philippians
- Hastings' Dictionary of the NT Philippians Epistle to the
- Easton's Bible Dictionary Philippians, Epistle to
- Fausset Bible Dictionary Philippians, the Epistle to the
- Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible Philippians, Epistle to
- Morrish Bible Dictionary Philippians, Epistle to the
- Smith Bible Dictionary Philippians, Epistle to the
- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Philippians, the Epistle to
- McClintock and Strong's Bible Encyclopedia Philippians, Epistle to The,
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia Philippians, Epistle to the
One of the better in depth commentaries. Helps to know some Greek
Spurgeon: "A standard work. Essential to the scholarly student."
D Edmond Hiebert - A full exegetical commentary by a conservative Scottish scholar of the past century; presents the various views up to the time of the author. Contains excellent definitions of Greek words, also homiletical truths.
John Cereghin, Pastor - A thorough commentary on the Greek text. He gives excellent definitions of Greek words (19), stressing even the conjunctions (169). He denies that Christ emptied Himself of His deity (102), has a thorough discussion of the whole passage (2:5-11; pages 95-129). He urges men to serve Christ "without compromise" (238). He sometimes uses Latin or German without translation.
Has an Attractive Devotional Quality
FEFC WICHITA SERMONS - most have audio and transcript
- Philippians 1:1-11 Blessed Assurance Josh Black
- Philippians 1:12-26 The Progress of the Gospel Josh Black
- Philippians 1:27-2:11 Stand Firm, Stand Together Josh Black
GENE GETZ VIDEO PRINCIPLES
- Philippians 1:1-2; Leadership Development: To produce mature and growing churches, we must make it a priority to mentor and develop qualified leaders. Video
- Philippians 1:3-8;Expressing Appreciation: Spiritual leaders should express sincere appreciation to those who partner with them in the ministry. Video
- Philippians 1:9-18; The Pure Gospel: When evaluating various ministers and ministries, we should first of all consider what is being taught regarding the deity of Jesus Christ and how to be saved.Video
- Philippians 1:18-26; Eternal Values: As those who are free to worship God and communicate the gospel, we should maintain an eternal perspective.Video
- Philippians 1:27-30; Mutual Support: When we face various challenges in life, we are to draw our strength not only from Christ's love and mercy, but from the love we have for one another.Video
Spurgeon: A very distinguished place is due to Dr. Gill. Beyond all controversy, Gill was one of the most able Hebraists of his day, and in other matters no mean proficient.
- Questions about Philippians
- Book of Philippians - Bible Survey
- What are the prison epistles?
- How can I experience joy in my Christian life?
- Philippians 1:21 What does it mean "to live is Christ"?
- What does it mean that “to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)?
- Philippians 1:1-2 Connecting with Christ to Advance the Gospel
- Philippians 1:3-8 To Love and Be Loved
- Philippians 1:9-11 The Abundant Life
- Philippians 1:12-18 Inspirational Perspective on Life
- Philippians 1:12-26 To Live is Christ
- Philippians 1:18-26 To Live is to Desire Christ
- Philippians 1:21 Heaven’s Pattern for Earthly Living
- Philippians 1:27-30 Living in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel
D Edmond Hiebert - A non-technical, devotional unfolding of the epistle by means of an outline, chart, notes, and comments on the text. Characterized by devotional warmth and practical applications.
John Cereghin - A Bible study of Philippians, based on a chart. There are outlines and comments on the whole book. He has an interesting digression on the names of Christ in Scripture, defends the deity of Christ.
- Does Philippians 1:6 Guarantee Progressive Sanctification? Part 1 (another site)
- Does Philippians 1:6 Guarantee Progressive Sanctification? Part 2 (another site)
- Philippians 1:1- 6 - Rejoice in the Lord!
- Philippians 1:1- 6 - What Is To Be Happy About?
- Philippians 1:7-11 - Love Like Jesus
- Philippians 1:7-11 - May Your Love Abound
- Philippians 1:12-18 - The Advance of the Gospel
- Philippians 1:12-19 - Making the Best of the Worst
- Philippians 1:19-26 - Living and Dying
- Philippians 1:20-26 - I Would Rather Be Dead
- Philippians 1:21-23 Soul Sleep or Heaven?
- Philippians 1:27-30 Watch Your Conduct
- Philippians 1:27- 2:4 - United We Stand
John Cereghin - Devotional expositions. There are apt illustrations, thought-provoking comments, a strong defense of the deity of Christ (42), and a warm encouragement of joyfulness. He urges the Premillennial interpretation of the Bible (84).
Cyril Barber - An accurate explanation of the theme of this letter. Here is profound scholarship in the service of the believer.
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN
Published 1871 - Probably best older commentary on prophetic passages as it tends to interpret more literally.
James Rosscup - This is a helpful old set of 1863 for laypeople and pastors to have because it usually comments at least to some degree on problems. Though terse, it provides something good on almost any passage, phrase by phrase and is to some degree critical in nature. It is evangelical....Especially in its multi-volume form this is one of the old evangelical works that offers fairly solid though brief help on many verses. Spurgeon said, “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently” (Commenting and Commentaries, p. 3). Things have changed greatly since this assessment! It is primarily of help to pastors and lay people looking for quick, though usually somewhat knowledgeable treatments on verses.
Spurgeon - A really standard work. We consult it continually, and with growing interest. Mr. Fausset’s portion strikes us as being of the highest order.
John Cereghin - A conservative exposition. He defends Petrine authorship (xlixff); argues for the deity of Christ (619); holds that assurance in Scripture is doubly sure (622); identifies the elements as “the world’s component materials” (627); holds that Paul’s Epistles were already known as “Scripture” (628).
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Spurgeon: A noble volume. A real boon to the man who purchases it.
D Edmond Hiebert - A thorough conservative exposition abounding in apt illustrations and practical applications. The revised translation and notes on the Greek text following the lectures add to the importance of the volume.
Cyril Barber - A valued reprint. Deals admirably with the theme of the epistle. Buy it while it is still available.
John Cereghin, Pastor - A very thorough, practical, and homiletical exposition by a strong Presbyterian. He warns against thinking that church membership, baptism, or adherence to the Westminster Confession is ground for salvation (254,255). On Phil 2:5-11 he maintains that pre-existence and deity of Christ (146-148). The book also includes a considerable number of notes on the Greek text.
D Edmond Hiebert - A very full introduction to the epistle is followed by a paraphrase and brief judicious verse-by-verse comments on the text. Significant discussion of the Christology of Philippians; supports Christ's full deity.
J H JOWETT - Meditations with excellent thoughts for the expositor.
D Edmond Hiebert - A series of thirty-nine expository meditations aimed at inspiring devotion and joy in the believer's daily life. The work of a noted English Congregational minister, author of many devotional books.
- THE COURTESY BORN OF JESUS (Philippians 1:1,2)
- THE GRACE OF THANKSGIVING (Philippians 1:3-8)
- THE FORTUNE OF MISFORTUNE (Philippians 1:9-14).
- BAD MOTIVES IN GOOD WORK (Philippians 1:15-19).
- THE SOUL IN STRAITS (Philippians 1:21-26).
- THE HEAVENLY CITIZEN ” (Philippians 1:27, 28).
- THE PRIVILEGE OF SUFFERING FOR CHRIST (Philippians 1:29, 30)
- Philippians 1:1-11 Howdy, Partner!
- Philippians 1:12-18a Delight in the Midst of Disaster
- Philippians 1:18b-26 A Win-Win Situation
- Philippians 1:27-30 The Bottom Line
Spurgeon: These volumes are not all of equal value, but as a whole, they are a grand addition to our stores. The American translators have added considerably to the German work, and in some cases these additions are more valuable than the original matter. For homiletical purposes these volumes are so many hills of gold, but, alas, there is dross also, for Baptismal Regeneration and other grave errors occur.
John Cereghin, Pastor - Braune, Karl, Philippians in Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, n.d. (first American edition 1870), 76 pages. A conservative Lutheran exposition. He has thorough comments based on the Greek text, argues for the unity of the book and its Pauline authorship (5), describes the subjective mediation of Christ (17). On 2:5-11 he teaches the pre-existence of Christ (32) and His deity (33); he denies that He emptied Himself of His deity (35).
LIFEWAY SERMONS - Various pastors
- Philippians 1 The Three Piers of a Successful Family
- Philippians 1-2 Encouragement for a Country at War
- Philippians 1:1-6 What You Remember When You Need to Remember
- Philippians1:3-11 Praying for Your Friends
John Cereghin - The most thorough and helpful commentary on the Greek text. He discusses every grammatical and interpretative problem in the book and has extended notes on special subjects (see on "bishop" and "presbyter" 95-99). He defends the pre-existence and deity of Christ, holding that He emptied Himself "not of His divine nature, for this was impossible, but of the glories, the prerogatives, of Deity. This He did by taking upon Him the form of a servant" (112). There are also extended dissertations of "The Christian Ministry" and "St. Paul and Seneca."
D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. A standard commentary; deals thoroughly with grammatical and interpretative problems of the epistle. Contains an elaborate introduction and two lengthy dissertations (half of the volume) on "The Christian Ministry" and "Saint Paul and Seneca."
- Philippians 1:1-2-The Epistle of Joy
- Philippians 1:3-5-Elements of Joy Pt 1
- Philippians 1:6- Elements of Joy Pt 2
- Philippians 1:7-8-Elements of Joy Pt 3
- Philippians 1:9 Growth in Godliness 1
- Philippians 1:10-11 Growth in Godliness 2
- Philippians 1:1-11 Joy Rules click dropdown for 6 studies different than the sermons by same name
- The Epistle of Joy
- The Epistle of Joy
- The Epistle of Joy
- The Epistle of Joy
- The Essentials of Growth in Godliness - 1
- The Essentials of Growth in Godliness - 1
- Philippians 1:12-14-Joy in Spite of Trouble
- Philippians 1:12-26 To Live is Christ -click dropdown for 4 studies different than the sermons by same name
- Joy in Spite of Troubles
- Joy in Spite of Detractors
- Joy in Spite of Death
- Joy in Spite of the Flesh
- Philippians 1:15-18-Joy in Spite of Detractors
- Philippians 1:19-21-Joy in Spite of Death
- Philippians 1:22-26-Joy in Spite of the Flesh
- Philippians 1:27-30 Conduct Worthy of the Church
- Philippians 1 Thankful Remembrances
- Philippians 1 Is Salvation Ongoing?
- Philippians 1 Living Worthy of the Gospel
- Philippians 1:1-11 A Minister's Love For His People
- Philippians 1:1-11 The Praying Church
- Philippians 1:3-6 I Thank God For You
- Philippians 1:7-11 Love & Knowledge
- Philippians 1:21-24 The Profit of Death
No doubt wonderfully learned, but we cannot get on with it. Quotations from heretics we have happily never heard of before are of no great use to simple believers like ourselves. - John Cereghin, Pastor
- For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. - Philippians 1:21
- It is a splendid watch-word for life that Paul gives us here - "To me to live is Christ." A great many people could not fill out the sentence in that way, if they were to write honestly the purpose and motive of their life. Some would write, "To me to live is to make money," or "to gratify my appetites." Every Christian should be able to make Paul's word his own - "To me to live is Christ." This means that the one purpose of our living is to honor Christ, to serve Him, to do His will, to love and obey Him, and to advance His kingdom. When one lives thus, one never questions the wisdom of any use of His life Christ may make. If He wants us to work, that is well. If He lays us aside to suffer, it is all right. If He sets aside our plans, we do not complain. Whether He leads us into sorrow or into joy, it matters not. Our life is his, and whatsoever pleases Him is right.
- I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. - Philippians 1:3
- It has been noted that the Philippian church never gave Paul any anxiety. Most of the churches founded by him lay heavily on his heart at some time or other. They had quarrels, and he had to be peacemaker. Or there were cases of wrong-doing, and he had to bear the burden. But the Philippian church was happy in itself. There were no wranglings', no dissensions. Paul got only joy and comfort from this church. Here he thanks God for it. It is a great thing to live so as to be a comfort to our friends, to those who love us and live for us. It is a great thing for a church to be a joy to a pastor, never to put thorns into his pillow. It is a great thing for children to be a comfort to their parents. A father was just saying that not one of his children - now all married and settled in life - has ever caused him an anxious day or a sleepless night. Why should we not set for ourselves the aim always to be a comfort to our friends?
- Philippians 1:1 Timotheus the servants Philippi
- Philippians 1:6 will perform it day of Jesus Christ
- Philippians 1:7 defence
- Philippians 1:12 furtherance of the gospel
- Philippians 1:17 defence of the gospel
- Philippians 1:18 rejoice
- Philippians 1:21 gain
- Philippians 1:27 conversation becometh
- Philippians 1:29 given
Cyril Barber - First published in 1897 as a part of the Cambridge Greek Testament, this insightful study treats the key words and phrases of this prison epistle.
Studies in Philippians. First published in 1893 in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges series. These notes on the text demonstrate the author's perception and sensitivity in handling the apostle Paul's thought processes and theme. Differs from Moule's other work entitled Philippian Studies: Lessons in Faith and Love. Evangelical.
- Philippians 1 Commentary
- Philippians 1:20-21 Homesick for Heaven
- Philippian Studies Preface and Introduction
- Philippians 1:1-11 The Intimacy of Human Hearts in Christ
- Philippians 1:12-20 The Apostle's Position and Circumstances
- Philippians 1:21-30 The Christian's Peace and the Christian's Consistency
- Using This Study Guide
- ABCs of Philippians
- Introduction: Knowing Jesus, Knowing Joy
- Philippians 1:1-11 Joy in Loving Others
- Philippians 1:12-18 Joy in Difficult Times
- Philippians 1:19-30 Joyous Perspective
FREDERICK A NOBLE
- Philippians 1 Devotionals = distinct from those below
- Philippians 1:3: Able To Forget?
- Philippians 1:3-11 Incomplete
- Philippians 1:1–11 The Shrinking Piano
- Philippians 1:1-7 How A Tree Grows
- Philippians 1:6: End Of Construction
- Philippians 1:6; 2:13 Never Give Up!
- Philippians 1:6: Grandpa's Tree
- Philippians 1:6: End of Construction
- Philippians 1:6 Joy Stealers
- Philippians 1:8-18 Journeys
- Philippians 1:9-11 Ripple Effect
- Philippians 1:1-11 Dreams Or Choices?
- Philippians 1:1-11 Faultfinders Anonymous
- Philippians 1:8-11 Beware of Open Doors
- Philippians 1:12: When Trouble Strikes
- Philippians 1:12: It's Contagious
- Philippians 1:12 Situation Excellent
- Philippians 1:12: The Fallacy
- Philippians 1:12 Bad News And Good News
- Philippians 1:12–26 Better By Far
- Philippians 1:12: Finding Gain In Loss
- Philippians 1:12-17 The Ring
- Philippians 1:12-21 Paul's Heart
- Philippians 1:12-23 Ready For Glory
- Philippians 1:12-18 Pressing On
- Philippians 1:12-18 Occupational Hazard
- Philippians 1:15 The Sign
- Philippians 1:18: God's Amazing Patience
- Philippians 1:18: What's Your Motive?
- Philippians 1:18: Church Competition
- Philippians 1:18: God's Amazing Patience
- Philippians 1:19-30: An Expensive Gospel
- Philippians 1:19-26: Eager For Heaven
- Philippians 1:19-26 Hard To Imagine
- Philippians 1:20: One Life Is Enough
- Philippians 1:21 Expectations
- Philippians 1:21 A Winner Either Way
- Philippians 1:21 Better Yet
- Philippians 1:21 Confident Hope
- Philippians 1:21 What Keeps Us Going
- Philippians 1:21: Delayed Departure
- Philippians 1:21: Living in Retirement
- Philippians 1:21: A Purpose that Sustains
- Philippians 1:21: He's In Heaven
- Philippians 1:21: To Die Is Gain
- Philippians 1:21: A Ruling Passion
- Philippians 1:21: Now And Later
- Philippians 1:21:Joy In Living & Victory In Dying
- Philippians 1:21: Foundational Praying
- Philippians 1:21: A Winner Either Way
- Philippians 1:21 Every Moment Matters
- Philippians 1:21: Building A Life
- Philippians 1:21: A New Location
- Philippians 1:21,23: Pulled in Two Directions
- Philippians 1:21–26 Singing with Violet
- Philippians 1:21-30 Longing For Home
- Philippians 1:23: Stay or Go?
- Philippians 1:23: Change of Address
- Philippians 1:27: Withstanding the Storm
- Philippians 1:27 Ignore No More
- Philippians 1:27 All Together Now
- Philippians 1:27: Keep On Writing
- Philippians 1:27 Silent Witness
- Philippians 1:27: Loud Silence
- Philippians 1:29: A Bumpy Road
- Philippians Overview Message - Peace Without Pills -Bill Bennett
- Philippians 1:3-11 The Marks of the Christian Life - Herman T. Williams
- Philippians 1:5 - In the Gospel - Tom Hayes
- Philippians 1:6 Just a Chunk of Coal but a Diamond Someday - Steve Wagers
- Philippians 1:1-11 The Journal of a Jailbird -Steve Wagers - excellent
- Philippians 1:12-20 In Jail - but No Need for Bail - Steve Wagers - excellent
- Philippians 1:21-27 - I'm a Winner Either Way - Steve Wagers - excellent
- Philippians 1:21 The Way of the Cross Leads home - Johnny L. Sanders
- Philippians 1:12-26 It Is Not So Bad After AllHerman T. Williams
- Philippians 1:27-20 - Living the Christian Life Herman T. Williams
GENE PENSIERO - Calvary Chapel Hanford
- Philippians Selected Verses - Phil 1:9, 10, 27, 29
J B GOUGH PIDGE
- Lecture 1 Joy, No Matter What (overview of the entire book)
- Lecture 2 Philippians 1 - What Would You Do for the Furtherance of the Gospel?
- Lecture 3 Philippians 1:3-6 - The Church- Sinners Made Saints
- Lecture 4 Background Information on Paul - Does God Have Your Ear?
- Lecture 5 Philippians 1:19-26 - What Does It Mean… To Die is Gain?
- Lecture 6 Philippians 1:21 - How Can I Tell if I'm Living for Christ?
- Lecture 7 Philippians 1:29 - Why Suffering… How Do You Handle It?
- Phil 1:1
- Phil 1:2
- Phil 1:3–4
- Phil 1:4
- Phil 1:5
- Phil 1:6
- Phil 1:7
- Phil 1:8
- Phil 1:9–10
- Phil 1:11
- Phil 1:12
- Phil 1:13
- Phil 1:14
- Phil 1:15–18
- Phil 1:19
- Phil 1:20
- Phil 1:21
- Phil 1:23
- Phil 1:27
A T ROBERTSON - COMMENTARY
Rosscup - Though he discusses Philippians in his Word Pictures (SEE PRECEDING ENTRY), Robertson here devotes an entire detailed book on the epistle. He is rich in word studies and in the explanation of the text.
John Cereghin, Pastor - Expository messages based on the Greek text of Philippians. They are warm-hearted and genuinely helpful. He gives the exact vocabulary meaning of words, as well as the interpretation of passages. On Phil 2:1-11 he affirms the full humanity and deity of Christ (130). His exaltation is "the taking up of the humanity of Jesus into His deity with new glory" (140).
RAYMOND SAXE - sermon notes
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- Philippians 1:1-30 (pdf)
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- Philippians 1:3-8 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 1:8-9 (pdf)
- Philippians 1:9-11 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 1:10 (pdf)
- Philippians 1:11 (pdf)
- Philippians 1:14-19 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 1:20-26 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 1:27-30 ( doc, pdf)
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- Philippians 1 Sermons - 701 PDFs
R C SPROUL - Devotionals - Tabletalk
- Philippians 1:1–2 Servants of the Lord
- Philippians 1:1 Servants of the Lord
- Philippians 1:1–2 To All the Saints at Philippi
- Philippians 1:3–5 Paul’s Gratitude for the Philippians
- Philippians 1:6 The God Who Finishes What He Starts
- Philippians 1:6 Regeneration Is Permanent
- Philippians 1:7–8 Paul’s Love for the Philippians
- Philippians 1:9–11 Abounding Love
- Philippians 1:12–13 The Advance of the Gospel
- Philippians 1:14 The Church in Rome Arises
- Philippians 1:15–17 Motives for Preaching
- Philippians 1:18a Paul’s Confidence in the Gospel
- Philippians 1:18b–20 Paul’s Chief End
- Philippians 1:21–24 The Christian’s Conflicting Desires
- Philippians 1:18b–26 Sitting on a Suitcase
- Philippians 1:25–26 A Cause to Glory in Christ Jesus
- Philippians 1:27 A Life Worthy of the Gospel
- Philippians 1:28 A Sign of Destruction and Salvation
- Philippians 1:29–30 Belief and Suffering
- Philippians Overview - Book Chart on right side
- Intro Overview of Philippians
- Philippians 1:1-30 Paul's Prayer for the Philippians
- Philippians 1:1-6 Grace and Peace
- Philippians 1:1-11 The Praise in the Prayer
- Philippians 1:12-26 Paul's Perspective - Part I
- Philippians 1:19-30 Paul's Perspective - Part II
THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES PHILIPPIANS
Outline & References
- The Salutation - Philippians 1:1-2
- Paul and Timothy - Philippians 1:1
- Grace and peace - Philippians 1:2
- Paul's Remembrance and Prayer - Philippians 1:3-11
- Memories - Philippians 1:3-4
- With joy - Philippians 1:4
- Your partnership in the gospel - Philippians 1:5
- He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion - Philippians 1:6
- The Perseverance and Preservation of Believers: Can I Lose My Salvation?
- To feel this way - Philippians 1:7
- The affection of Christ Jesus - Philippians 1:8
- Increase in love - Philippians 1:9-10
- Filled with the fruit of righteousness - Philippians 1:11
- Gospel Advancement: Through Paul - Philippians 1:12-26
- The Unchained Gospel - Philippians 1:12-14
- Imprisonment served to advance the Gospel - Philippians 1:12-13
- Brothers - Philippians 1:14
- The Preached Gospel - Philippians 1:15-18
- I am in chains Gospel - Philippians 1:15-17
- Christ is preached and because of this I rejoice - Philippians 1:18
- The Unstoppable Gospel - Philippians 1:19-26
- Spirit of Jesus Christ - Philippians 1:19
- Christ will be exalted . . . whether by life or by death - Philippians 1:20
- For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain - Philippians 1:21-22
- I am torn between the two - Philippians 1:23-26
- Gospel Advancement: Through the Philippians - Philippians 1:27-2:30
- A Call to Unity - Philippians 1:27-2:5
- Citizens of the Kingdom - Philippians 1:27-30
- Whatever happens . . . - Philippians 1:27
- Without being frightened - Philippians 1:28
- It has been granted . . . to suffer for him - Philippians 1:29
- Since you are going through the same struggle - Philippians 1:30
- (Acts 16:12) How The Gospel Came To Philippi
- 1:1-2 Slave Paul To The Philippian Saints
- 1:3-6 The True Christian Is Characterised By Thankfulness
- 1:7-8 The Life Of A Preacher
- 1:9-11 What To Pray For Your Church
- 1:12-18 Putting The Gospel First
- 1:18-20 The Great Day Of Christ – Deliverance!
- 1:20-21 To Live Is Christ And To Die Is Gain
- 1:22-26 The Desire To Depart And Be With Christ
- 1:27-28 Contending For Christian Unity
- 1:29-30 God’s Gifts – Faith And Suffering
DAVID THOMPSON PHILIPPIANS SERMONS
- Introduction to Philippians
- Acts 16:9-34
- Philippians 1:1-2
- Philippians 1:3-8
- Philippians 1:9-11
- Philippians 1:12-18
- Philippians 1:19-21
- Philippians 1:21-26
- Philippians 1:27-30
Spurgeon - Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone. Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to soldier-life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Some of his remarks are far-fetched, and like the far fetched rarities of Solomon’s Tarshish, there is much gold and silver, but there are also apes and peacocks. His criticisms would some of them be the cause of amusement in these days of greater scholarship; but for all that, he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers. (Lectures to My Students: Volume 4: Commenting on Commentaries)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click here for links to the messages below. Note that the first message is at the bottom of this page. For the PDF click the dropdown menu under "Downloads" and select "Transcript". "Notes" are more of a summary and "Study" has several questions related to the topic.
- Philippians 1:1-2 The Servants
- Philippians 1:1-2 The Saints
- Philippians 1:1-2 The Overseers
- Philippians 1:1-2 The Deacons
- Philippians 1:3-8 Paul's Prayer of Thanksgiving - 1
- Philippians 1:3-8 Paul's Prayer of Thanksgiving - 2
- Philippians 1:3-8 Paul's Prayer of Thanksgiving - 3
- Philippians 1:3-8 Paul's Prayer of Thanksgiving - 4
- Philippians 1:9-11 Paul's Prayer for Abounding Love - 1
- Philippians 1:9-11 Paul's Prayer for Abounding Love - 2
- Philippians 1:9-11 Paul's Prayer for Abounding Love - 3
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances- 2
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -3
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -4
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -5
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -6
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -7
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -8
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -9
- Philippians 1:12-26 Good Results From Bad Circumstances -10
- Philippians 1:27-30 Conducting Ourselves in a Manner Worthy - 1
- Philippians 1:27-30 Conducting Ourselves in a Manner Worthy - 2
- Philippians 1:27-30 Conducting Ourselves in a Manner Worthy - 2
C J VAUGHN
Spurgeon: Deservedly esteemed. Dr. Vaughan gives a literal translation of his text from the original Greek, and then expounds it, believing it, as he says, “to be the duty of every Christian teacher to assist his congregation in drinking not of the stream only, but at the spring of revealed truth.”
Cyril Barber - First published in 1872. These expository studies should be in the library of every pastor. They provide vivid and lasting impressions of the theme of this epistle and of the message Paul intended to convey to his readers. Excellent.
- St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians - commentary (1885)
- St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians - Lectures (1862)
CHRIS VOGEL SERMON Transcripts
- Philippians 1:1-2 Servants, Saints and Salutations!
- Philippians 1:3-8 Participation and Preservation
- Philippians 1:9-11 Facing Life's Questions with Love
- Philippians 1:12-26 Facing Suffering with Grace
- Philippians 1:27-30. Living as Worthy Citizens
Cyril Barber - A brief exposition. Helpful, but does not make a lasting contribution.
RICK WARREN - devotionals
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- Philippians 1:3 The More Grateful You Are, the Happier You Are
- Philippians 1:3 Remember the Best, Forget the Rest
- Philippians 1:3 The More Grateful You Are, the Happier You Are
- Philippians 1:4 Pray For Others
- Philippians 1:6 Take God At His Word
- Philippians 1:6 No Shortcuts To Christian Maturity
- Philippians 1:6 God Finishes What He Starts
- Philippians 1:6 Joy is a Choice
- Philippians 1:6 The Power to Keep Going
- Philippians 1:6 God Is Not finished With Us
- Philippians 1:6 Personalize God's Word to Change Your life
- Philippians 1:7 Love People From the Heart
- Philippians 1:9-11 Pray For Others
- Philippians 1:9-11 Positive Prayer Makes Strong Relationships
- Philippians 1:12 Happiness Habit: See God’s Bigger Picture
- Philippians 1:18 You Don’t Need Someone’s Approval To Be Happy
- Philippians 1:18b-19 It’s Your Choice To Rejoice (ED: The Spirit gives us the desire and power to rejoice! - Php 2:13NLT+).
- Philippians 1:21 For Happiness, Give Your Life Away
- Philippians 1:22-25 Happiness Habit: Focus on Your Purpose, Not the Problem
- Philippians 1:27 Go on Mission Together
- Philippians 1:1-11 The Trees of Righteousness Blossoming and Bringing Forth Fruit
- Philippians 1:21 The Death of the Righteous
- Philippians 1:23 The Saint's Desire to be with Christ
John Cereghin, Pastor - Devotional meditations on Philippians by a missionary. He gives the theme verse of the book (Phil 1:21, pp. 9ff.); stresses the recognizing, not appointment, of elders (24ff.); gives many illustrations from Chinese missions; distinguishes between Greek words; shows 7 steps down in Christ's humiliation and 7 up in exaltation (137, 43); provides insight from the papyri (150f.); holds that "work out" means "cultivate" (154f.); teaches the Pre-tribulation Rapture (246f.; 296); warns about the ease with which misunderstandings arise between believers (283f.)
- Philippians 1:7 - see August 2
- Philippians 1:21 Devotional - see Dec 23
- Philippians 1:29 Devotional - see Feb 6
D Edmond Hiebert - A simplified commentary on the Greek for the benefit of the English reader; seeks to convey the meaning of the original by means of an expanded translation with exegetical comments and word studies.
- Philippians 1:1-11: The Joy of Joining In
- Philippians 1:12-26: Christ Proclaimed: Christ Exalted
- Philippians 1:27-2:11: Let the Earth Receive Her King
- Philippians 1:27-2:11: The Call to Courage & Humility