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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!
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- Philippians 2:1-11 Following His Example
- Philippians 2:3-11 The Way Up Is Down
- Philippians 2:5 Created to Become Like Christ
- Philippians 2:5-11 All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
- Philippians 2:12-18 Whine or Shine
- Philippians 2:19-30 Kindred Spirits
- Philippians 2:5-11 An Eternal View of Christmas
- Philippians 2:5-11 Condescending Love
- Philippians 2:14-16 Our Witness in Attitude
- Philippians 2:1-8 The Mind of Christ
- Philippians 2:9-13 Exaltation and Humiliation
- Philippians 2:14-16 Complaining and Arguing
- Philippians 2:17-30 The High Price of Service
Philippians Devotionals - click for devotionals below
- Philippians 2:2 Stars in a Dark World by Elisabeth Elliot
- Philippians 2:1-5 Unity, Not Uniformity - Theodore Epp
- Philippians 2:5-11 Christ, the Great Example by Theodore Epp
- Philippians 2:5-8 Death is a Gateway to the Palace by Elisabeth Elliot (scroll down)
- Philippians 2:7 A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot
- Philippians 2:9 What a Name! by Dr. Warren Wiersbe
- Philippians 2:12-14 Hidden Work by Elisabeth Elliot
- Philippians 2:12-14 Balanced-and Blessed! by Theodore Epp
- Philippians 2:15-16 The Word Is Central by Theodore Epp
- Philippians 2:4 Phillips Brooks
- Philippians 2:4 Concern For Others
- Philippians 2:5 Andrew Murray
- Philippians 2:12 John Ker
- Philippians 2:13 J. Stuart Holden
- Philippians 2:13 Henry Drummond
- Philippians 2:1-11 God With Meat
- Philippians 2:1-11
- Philippians 2:12-30 Practical Christianity
- Philippians 2:12-30
- Philippians 2:1-4. Conformed to Unity
- Philippians 2:5-11 Jesus Christ - the God-Man
- Philippians 2:12-18 Motivated to Follow
- Philippians 2:19-30 Men of Faith
- Philippians 2:1-11 Developing an Others Orientation
- Philippians 2:1-5 The Real Worship Wars
- Philippians 2:6-11 The Name Above Every Name
- Philippians 2:12-18 Shining Like Stars
- Philippians 2:19-30 Finding Faithful Friends (J. Williams for Brian Bill)
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS
- Philippians 2:1-11 The Descent of Christ
- Philippians 2:1-11 The Exaltation of Christ
- Philippians 2:6-8 Communion Service
- Philippians 2:6-11 Christ and Deat
- Philippians 2:12-13 God Worketh in You
- Philippians 2:15 Faith of Our Fathers
- Philippians 2:19-20 The God-Man, Christ Jesus
- Philippians 2:25-30 Gambling Your Life on God
- Philippians 2:25-30 He Gambled His Life on God
- Philippians 2:25-30 Gambling Your Life on God -1992
- Philippians 2:1-4 The Mind of Christ by David Strain
- Philippians 2:1-11 The Mind of Christ by David Strain
- Philippians 2:1-2 Complete My Joy by J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:1-2 Complete My Joy, With Unity by J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:1-3 “Complete My Joy, With Humility”. J. Ligon Duncan III
- Philippians 2:1-11 Have This Mind by David Strain
- Philippians 2:1-12 The Mind of Christ #4 by David Strain
- Philippians 2:1-12 The Mind of Christ #2 by David Strain
- Philippians 2:1-12 The Mind of Christ #3 by David Strain
- Philippians 2:1-4 Complete My Joy, With Helpfulness J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:5-6 “The Ungrasped Equality of Christ” J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:5-13 Work Out Your Salvation by David Strain
- Philippians 2:5-11 Growing Down to Grow Up by Derek Thomas
- Philippians 2:5-11 “Song of Christ” J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:5-6 The Divinity of Christ J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:5-11 Humbled and Exalted by David Strain
- Philippians 2:6-11 Jesus is both God and Man by Derek Thomas
- Philippians 2:7 The Emptying of Christ J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:7-8 The Humanity of Christ J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:8 The Obedience of the Death of Christ J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:9-11 The Exaltation of Christ J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:12-13 “Sanctification 101 (and Missions!)” J. Ligon Duncan III
- Philippians 2:12-13 Live Life in Light of the Humiliation and Exaltation of Christ J. Ligon Duncan III
- Philippians 2:14-30 Humility, Love, Sacrifice David Strain
- Philippians 2:14-15 Do What Israel Didn't Do J. Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:16-18 Hold Fast to the Word of Life J Ligon Duncan
- Philippians 2:19-30 He Came Close to Death for the Work of Christ J. Ligon Duncan
FEFC WICHITA SERMONS - most have audio and transcript
- Philippians 2:12-18 The Ins and Outs of Practical Christian Living: Mike Andrus
- Philippians 2:19-30 Worthy Examples Josh Black
- Philippians 2:1-8;Imitating Christ: To live worthy of the gospel, we must live in harmony with one another, demonstrating Christ's attitudes of unselfishness, humility, and self-sacrifice.Video
- Philippians 2:9-18; Exemplifying the Incarnation: To demonstrate to the world who Jesus Christ is, we are to work out our salvation.Video
- Philippians 2:19-30; Christlike Examples: To help Christians understand and imitate Christ's attitudes of unselfishness, humility, and self-sacrifice, we should expose them to spiritual leaders who model these qualities.Video
- Questions about Philippians
- What are the prison epistles?
- How can I experience joy in my Christian life?
- Philippians 2:3 What does it mean to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit?
- Philippians 2:3-4 What does the Bible say about selfishness?
- Philippians 2:5 What does the Bible say about attitude? (humility?)
- Philippians 2:10-11 What does it mean and when will it happen that every knee shall bow?
- Philippians 2:12 What does it mean to work out salvation with fear and trembling?
- Philippians 2:12-13 What is progressive sanctification?
- Philippians 2:25–30 Who was Epaphroditus in the Bible?
- Philippians 2:1-4 The Gospel: The Banner We Rally Behind
- Philippians 2:5-11 The Journey of God
- Philippians 2:5-11 The Road to Glory
- Philippians 2:12-13 Learning to be God's Community
- Philippians 2:12-18 God's Community
- Philippians 2:19-30 Devoted to the Work of Christ
- Philippians 2:1-4: God's… Formula for Joyful Living
- Philippians 2:5-12: When God Became Man
- Philippians 2:6-8: The Humble King (Isa 9:6-9)
- Philippians 2:9-11: A Heavenly Inauguration
- Philippians 2:12-13: Working Out Your Salvation
- Philippians 2:14-18: Stars in the Night
- Philippians 2:19-30: Servants and Friends
- Philippians 2:1- 4 - Six Secrets For Satisfying Relationships
- Philippians 2:1-16 - Encouragement (Devotions)
- Philippians 2:5-11 - Every Knee Shall Bow
- Philippians 2:5-11 The Atittude of Christ
- Philippians 2:5-11 - He Emptied Himself
- Philippians 2:12-13 - Ya Gotta Work At It
- Philippians 2:12-16 Post-Christian America
- Philippians 2:12-18 - Work Out Your Salvation
- Philippians 2:14-18 - Whine Or Shine?
- Philippians 2:19-30 - Real Men Love Jesus
- Philippians 2:25-30 Divine Healing
- Philippians 2:25-30 - Does God Have To Heal?
HYMNS Click here, scroll down for following hymns
- Philippians 2:1: Jesus, United by the Grace
- Philippians 2:6
- Advent of Our God, The
- Jesu Hail! O God Most Holy
- O King of Glory, David’s Son (Henkel)
- Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
- When Jesus Left His Father’s Throne
- Philippians 2:7
- All Wise, All Good, Almighty Lord
- Behold the Great Creator Makes
- Did Christ Descend from Majesty
- Down from His Glory
- Down from the Worlds of Radiant Light
- Happy Christmas Morn, The
- He Became Incarnate
- I Cannot Tell Why
- I Know Not How That Bethlehem’s Babe
- It’s Just Like Him
- Immortal Babe, Who This Dear Day
- Incarnation Hymn
- Let Earth and Heaven Combine
- O Christmas Night!
- O Mercy Divine, O Couldst Thou Incline
- Oh, How Wondrous Is the Story
- Oh, ’Twas Love
- Savior, When Night Involves the Skies
- Servant of God, and Son of Man
- Philippians 2:8
- Behold a Little Child
- Christ, Who Left His Home in Glory
- O Lord, We Sing Thy Great Humility
- Philippians 2:9
- All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
- Behold the Glorious Dawning Bright
- Jesus Is His Name
- Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
- Jesus! the Name High over All
- Join All the Glorious Names
- Now Joyful Strains We Lift on High
- O God, We Praise Thee, and Confess
- O Name, All Other Names Above
- Of All in Earth or Heaven
- Peerless Name, The
- Praise of Jesus’ Name, The
- Praise the Name of Christ
- Rejoice and Shout Aloud
- There Is No Name so Sweet on Earth
- There’s No Other Name Like Jesus
- Philippians 2:10
- Hail, Mighty Jesus!
- Sons of Zion, Raise Your Songs
- Sound Ye the Trumpet Call
- Philippians 2:11
- Glory to God the Father
- Philippians 2:15
- O Thou Who Makest Souls to Shine
- Shining for Jesus (Brown)
- Shining for Jesus (Oatman)
- Philippians 2:16
- Oh More Than Merciful!
Philippians 2 Devotionals - devotionals below
- Philippians 2:4 Phillips Brooks
- Philippians 2:4 Concern For Others
- Philippians 2:5 Andrew Murray
- Philippians 2:12 John Ker
- Philippians 2:13 J. Stuart Holden
- Philippians 2:13 Henry Drummond
JOHN ANGELL JAMES
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).
Or the Unabridged Version:
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.
- Philippians 2:1-4 Christian Concord
- Philippians 2:5-11 The Great Example
- Philippians 2:12-13 Working Out Our Salvation
- Philippians 2:14-16 Lights in the World
- Philippians 2:17-18 Joy in the Prospect of Martyrdom
- Philippians 2:19-24 Mission of Timothy
- Philippians 2:25-30 Mission of Epaphroditus
- Philippians 3:1 Joy in the Lord
J H JOWETT - The High Calling - Meditations on St Paul's Letter to the Philippians
39 Meditations with excellent thoughts for expositors.
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.
- FORCES WHICH MAKE FOR CONCORD (Philippians 2:1, 2).
- THE THINGS OF OTHERS (Philippians 2:3, 4).
- THE MIND THAT WAS IN CHRIST JESUS (Philippians 2:5-11)
- WORKING OUT ONE'S OWN SALVATION (Philippians 2:12, 13)
- THE SPIRIT OF REPINING (Philippians 2:14-16)
- THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE (Philippians 2:17, 18)
- MY SON TIMOTHY (Philippians 2:19-24)
- BROTHER AND FELLOW-WORKER (Philippians 2:25)
- HONOURING THE KING'S SOLDIER (Philippians 2:29, 30)
- Philippians 2:3 Strife and Vain Glory - separate sermon
DAVID L KENNARD
- Philippians 2:1-11 A United Community
- Philippians 2:1-5 An Encouragement for Us to Get Along
- Philippians 2:5-11 Jesus Wants Humble Service
- Philippians 2:5-11 What Child Is This?
- Philippians 2:13-14 Understanding How God Changes Me
- Philippians 2 Commentary
- Philippians 2:5 The Doctrine of Christ or the Life of Christ
- Philippians 2:11 The Lordship of Jesus Christ
- Philippians 2:1-11 A Call to Humility and Unity
- Philippians 2:6-11 All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name
- Philippians 2:7-11 The Name Above All Names
- Philippians 2:1-4 A Plea for Unity
- Philippians 2:5-8 The Descent of the Word
- Philippians 2:9-11 The Ascent of Jesus
- Philippians 2:12-13 Work out Your Own Salvation
- Philippians 2:14-16 Copies of Jesus
- Philippians 2:16-18 A Willing Sacrifice
- Philippians 2:19-24 Paul and Timothy
- Philippians 2:25-30 Paul and Epaphroditus
D MARTYN LLOYD JONES
J R MILLER
- Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness. - Philippians 2:29
- It is pleasant to look up the little biographies of good men that we find imbedded in Paul's letters. There is so much that is deep and abstruse in some of his doctrinal discussions that we are apt to think of him as a sort of doctrinaire, without much of the genial, loving side of life in him. But when we study his letters we discover our mistake. He loved people, he needed friends, and he always saw the best that was in them. The little story of Epaphroditus that we have in this chapter is very interesting. Paul appreciated him. Nor did he forget his kindness - he had ministered to his needs. He was the messenger from the Philippian church, and had brought tokens of love to the apostle from his old friends. He had been taken sick, too, in Rome, but God had mercifully spared him. Now he is returning, and is to carry this letter. This kindly mention of Epaphroditus shows us how somewhere, if not in books, every kindness any of us does is written down.
- Philippians 2:5-7 God in Three Persons Blessed Trinity
- Philippians 2:12-13 We're Made to Bring God Pleasure
- Philippians 2:1 bowels
- Philippians 2:3 esteem other
- Philippians 2:5 this mind
- Philippians 2:6 form of God not robbery
- Philippians 2:7 no reputation
- Philippians 2:8 humbled himself
- Philippians 2:9 highly exalted him a name
- Philippians 2:10 name of Jesus
- Philippians 2:11 confess
- Philippians 2:12 work out your own salvation
- Philippians 2:14 murmurings
- Philippians 2:16 word of life day of Christ
- Philippians 2:21 seek their own
- Philippians 2:25 messenger
- Philippians 2:26 heaviness
FREDERICK A NOBLE
OUR DAILY BREAD
- Philippians 2:1-4, 12-16 Finding Our Way Home
- Philippians 2:1-4 Dingo The Dog
- Philippians 2:1-11 -- I, Me, Mine
- Philippians 2:1–11 What We Can Do
- Philippians 2:1-11 A Modest Proposal
- Philippians 2:1-5 - Giving Up Our Mirrors
- Philippians 2:1-11 -- Getting Along
- Philippians 2:1-11 Reverse Your Views
- Philippians 2:1-11 -- Under Siege
- Philippians 2:1-11 You First!
- Philippians 2:1-11 Country Doctor
- Philippians 2:2: Tug of War
- Philippians 2:3: Running for Others
- Philippians 2:3 Broken Relationships
- Philippians 2:3: Anger Management
- Philippians 2:3 The Interests of Others
- Philippians 2:2-3 What Really Matters
- Philippians 2:3-4 Forgetting Ourselves
- Philippians 2:4: Love Speaks Loudest
- Philippians 2:4: The Outward Look
- Philippians 2:4:A Church That Cares
- Philippians 2:4:Looking Out For Others
- Philippians 2:4: Start With Me
- Philippians 2:4 Genuine Concern
- Philippians 2:4 Living In Community
- Philippians 2:5: He Humbled Himself
- Philippians 2:5: Christmas Spirit
- Philippians 2:5-11: Sent Down
- Philippians 2:5-11 Itinerary Of Redemption
- Philippians 2:5–7 Humble Love
- Philippians 2:5-11: Jesus: Unique In All The World
- Philippians 2:5-11: Door Of Humility
- Philippians 2:5-11: Royalty Recognized
- Philippians 2:5-11: The Name
- Philippians 2:5: The Servant of Servants
- Philippians 2:5,7: The Power Of Service
- Philippians 2:7: A Christmas Story
- Philippians 2:7: An Audience Of One
- Philippians 2:7 Remember The Wrapping
- Philippians 2:8: One Giant Leap For God
- Philippians 2:8 From Servant To Savior
- Philippians 2:9: What's In A Name?
- Philippians 2:9: The Name
- Philippians 2:9: That Name
- Philippians 2:10-11 The Lamb Who Is The Lion
- Philippians 2:11: The One True God
- Philippians 2:11: Our Savior And King
- Philippians 2:12-13: Becoming Whole
- Philippians 2:12-13: Energy Crisis
- Philippians 2:12-18: Send The Light
- Philippians 2:12-18 Just Do What's Right
- Philippians 2:12-18: God Is At Work
- Philippians 2:12: A Long Obedience
- Philippians 2:13: Your Greatest Desire
- Philippians 2:13 Serve Continually
- Philippians 2:14: No Complaints
- Philippians 2:14: No Gripping
- Philippians 2:14: Complaining Or Praising?
- Philippians 2:14:Thank You For Not Squawking
- Philippians 2:14-15:Lights In the World
- Philippians 2:14:An Impossible Challenge?
- Philippians 2:14-15: Part of the Solution
- Philippians 2:14-15: A Crooked Generation
- Philippians 2:15: The Power Of Light
- Philippians 2:15: Pilot Lights
- Philippians 2:15: Shine!
- Philippians 2:15: Finding Our Way Home
- Philippians 2:15-16: Shine Where You Are
- Philippians 2:15-16 Stand Fast
- Philippians 2:15-16: Lights In The Darkness
- Philippians 2:19 -30 Worthy Of Respect
- Philippians 2:19: Encouraging People
- Philippians 2:20: Who Cares?
- Philippians 2:20: A Great Coach
- Philippians 2:25 What Are You Known For?
- Philippians 2:29 Humble Valor
- Philippians 2:30: True Sacrifice
- Philippians 2:30: Introductions
- Philippians 2:12 God At Work In YouGod - Herman T. Williams
- Philippians 2:12-13 Practical Christianity - Johnny Hunt
- Philippians 2:1-5 How Is Your Attitude (1) - Herman T. Williams
- Philippians 2:3 The Lowly Life - Tom Hayes
- Philippians 2:5-11 How Is Your Attitude (2) - Herman T. Williams
- Philippians 2:5-11 How Is Your Attitude (3) - Herman T. Williams
J C PHILPOT
J B GOUGH PIDGE
- Philippians 2 The Mind of Christ: Looking Out for the Interests of Others
- Philippians 2:9-11 And All the Earth Shall Own Him Lord
- Philippians 2:12–13 I Act the Miracle
- Philippians 2:14–16 Holding Fast the Word of Life
- Lecture 8 Philippians 2 - Stress That Comes From Pressure
- Lecture 9 Philippians 2 - Stress, How Do You Handle It?
- Lecture 10 Philippians 2 - How to be Blameless on the Day of Christ
- Lecture 11 Philippians 2 - What Will It be Like When You See Him Who Died for You
- Lecture 12 Philippians 2 - Where's Your Confidence… In Flesh or Spirit?
- Phil 2:1–4
- Phil 2:1
- Phil 2:2
- Phil 2:3
- Phil 2:5
- Phil 2:6–11
- Phil 2:6
- Phil 2:7
- Phil 2:8
- Phil 2:9
- Phil 2:10
- Phil 2:11
- Phil 2:12
- Phil 2:13
- Phil 2:14
- Phil 2:15
- Phil 2:16
- Phil 2:17
- Phil 2:21
- Phil 2:22
- Phil 2:23
- Phil 2:24
- Phil 2:25
- Phil 2:26
- Philippians 2:1-4 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 2:5-7 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 2:7-8 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 2:9-11 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 2:12-13 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 2:14-16 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 2:17-24 ( doc, pdf)
- Philippians 2:25-30 ( doc, pdf)
SERMON AUDIO - Large number of PDF'S - Quality may vary so be a Berean. This is not the same resource as "Sermon Central"
- Philippians 2 Sermons - 731 PDFs
- Philippians 2:5-11 The Self-Humbled But God-Exalted Christ
- THE SELF-HUMBLED BUT GOD-EXALTED CHRIST. Philippians 2:5-11
THEOLOGY OF WORK- From the Theology of Work Project. CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF COMMENTARIES ON ALL 66 BOOKS
- Philippians 2:1-11 A Plea for Humility
- Philippians 2:1-11 The Essence of Humility
- Philippians 2:12-30 The Expression of Humility
THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES PHILIPPIANS
- Encouragement from being united with Christ - Philippians 2:1
- Then make my joy complete - Philippians 2:2
- Selfish ambition . . . vain conceit - Philippians 2:3-4
- Attitude - Philippians 2:5
- The Example of Christ: Humiliation and Exaltation - Philippians 2:6-11
- Being in very nature God - Philippians 2:6
- Made himself nothing - Philippians 2:7
- And being found in appearance as a man - Philippians 2:8
- Therefore God - Philippians 2:9
- At the name of Jesus - Philippians 2:10
- And every tongue confess - Philippians 2:11
- A Call to Unity, Obedience, and Service - Philippians 2:12-18
- Work out your salvation - Philippians 2:12
- For it is God who works in you to will and to act - Philippians 2:13
- Without complaining or arguing - Philippians 2:14
- So that you may become - Philippians 2:15
- As you hold out - Philippians 2:16
- Even if I am being poured out - Philippians 2:17-18
- Examples of Service - Philippians 2:19-30
- Timothy - Philippians 2:19
- Own interests - Philippians 2:20-21
- As a son with his father - Philippians 2:22
- As soon as I see how things go with me - Philippians 2:23
- Confident in the Lord - Philippians 2:24
- Epaphroditus - Philippians 2:25
- Distressed - Philippians 2:26-28
- Welcome him . . . honor men like him - Philippians 2:29-30
- 2:1-2 Making A Preacher’s Joy Complete
- 2:3-4 Look On The Interests Of Others
- 2:5-7 The Glorious God-Man Christ Jesus
- 2:7-8 The Incarnate Humility Of Jesus
- 2:9-11 God Exalting Christ To The Highest Place
- 2:12-13 Working Out Our Salvation
- 2:14-16 The Stars Of The Universe
- 2:16-18 The Christian Life Strengthened And Poured Out
- 2:19-24 The Servant’s Hearts Of Paul And Timothy
- 2:25-30 Epaphroditus – Brother, Fellow Worker And Soldier
DAVID THOMPSON PHILIPPIANS SERMONS
- Philippians 2:1-2
- Philippians 2:3-8
- Philippians 2:9-11
- Philippians 2:12-18
- Philippians 2:19-24
- Philippians 2:25-30
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 2:1-4 Hungry for Glory
- Philippians 2:5-11 Thinking ‘Til It Hurts
- Philippians 2:12-13 Working Out What God Has Worked In
- Philippians 2:14-18 Whine or Shine
- Philippians 2:19-30 God’s Definition of Success
RICK WARREN - Devotionals -
Note: Some of the links may not work. I do not agree with all of Rick Warren's theology, but most of these devotionals are orthodox. If you encounter one that you think teaches aberrant doctrine, please email me at webmaster and I will check and remove. Thank you for your assistance.
- Philippians 2:3 Don’t Let Pride Be Your Guide
- Philippians 2:3 Pride Destroys, Humility Builds Up
- Philippians 2:4 The Unselfish Marriage
- Philippians 2:4 Friends Show Up
- Philippians 2:4 Give the Gift of Your Attention
- Philippians 2:4 Community Is God's Answer To Defeat
- Philippians 2:4 Forget Yourself, and Look to the Needs of Others
- Philippians 2:4 Connect By Being Considerate
- Philippians 2:4-5 Happiness Habit: Become More Like Jesus By Giving
- Philippians 2:4-5 For Conflict Resolution, Switch Your Focus
- Philippians 2:4-5 Conflict Resolution: Put The Other Person First
- Philippians 2:6-7 Everybody Surrenders To Something
- Philippians 2:6-8 Happiness Comes from Harmony and Humility
- Philippians 2:13 Ten Ways We Rely on God’s Grace
- Philippians 2:13 God Is on Your Side
- Philippians 2:13 God's Spirit Is Working In You
- Philippians 2:13 Christ-Likeness Is Produced Through The Holy Spirit
- Philippians 2:13 Allow Christ to Live Through You
- Philippians 2:12-30: Extraordinary People
- Philippians 3:1-11: Beware of the Dogs!
- Philippians 3:10-11 I Want to Know Christ