Philippians 1:15-18a

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Paul shows tremendous grace towards fellow Christians who express ill-will towards him. His graciousness is commendable, but we must not misunderstand why he chooses this posture. It is not because he believes that their behaviour is acceptable. In no way … Read More

Philippians 1:12-14

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Paul’s sees his circumstances—his imprisonment—as a catalyst for gospel advancement. Both inside and outside the church the gospel is bolstered as Paul’s commitment to Jesus is tested and found robust and vital. Surely the Empire had desired to silence Paul’s … Read More

January 15th, 2014

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Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Paul is concerned that the Philippian church continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus and their experience of the gospel. We demonstrate … Read More

January 14th, 2013

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Paul is writing to the Philippian church from prison. Yet despite his circumstance, perhaps even because of his circumstances, Paul is able to express deep thankfulness for his partnership with the Philippian church. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in … Read More

January 13th, 2014

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Paul’s greeting to the church follows a fairly common format, yet it is infused with so much more hope than the basic cordial greeting. Grace to you—and peace. The gospel encapsulated. In and through relationship with Jesus we have received … Read More

January 11th & 12th, 2014

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Paul celebrates his partnership with the Philippian church in the proliferation of the gospel. As an apostle of Jesus Christ, Paul’s role was to initiate churches throughout the known world as lead by the Holy Spirit. The church in Philippi … Read More

January 10th, 2014

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Philippians is a friendly letter. Paul has great fondness for the people of Philippi, and he has great admiration for their enduring commitment to their faith in Jesus. All admonition in the letter is in regards to protecting and maintaining … Read More

January 9th, 2014

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Philippi was a significant city in the history of the Roman Empire. Two major battles occurred in the nearby plain: 42BCE when Octavian (later named Caesar Augustus) and Mark Anthony defeated Cassius and Brutus (the assassins of Julius Caesar); and … Read More

December 23rd, 2013

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Joseph is chosen too Icon: Scripture: Matt 1:18-24 Choosing to be Jesus’ father, wasn’t instinctive for Joseph. Before he had his dream, his choice, carefully made, had been quite different. Mosaic Law permitted him to, given Mary’s apparent offence, issue … Read More

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