Series Notes

Supplemental material to give you a richer understanding of what we’re studying every week!

Philippians Commentary: Day 11

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.”—Philippians 1:21–23 (NKJV)

According to theologian Charles Ellicott, a more encompassing translation of the first seven words of this passage—and in many ways, this entire section […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:05:33+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 10

“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”—Philippians 1:19–20 (NKJV)

Something to note right off the bat in this verse is that the word for deliverance (sōtēría) is not […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:06:08+00:00 June 30th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 9

“Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”—Philippians 1:15–18 (NKJV)

Here we see how jealousy causes […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:06:42+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 8

“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”—Philippians 1:12–14 (NKJV)

A pastoral commentary on this passage noted, “One […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:07:22+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 7

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”—Philippians 1:9–11 (NKJV)

In the last few verses of this passage, Paul tells the Philippians that his prayer for them was that […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:07:50+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 6

“For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.”—Philippians 1:8 (NKJV)

Have you ever longed for something? Often times, people long for things like a bigger house or a raise at work. Sometimes, we long for the affection or approval of a certain someone. The truth is at some point we’ve all longed for something or someone.

In Philippians 1:8, the apostle Paul shared with the Philippians how he longed for them, […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:08:25+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 5

“Just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.”—Philippians 1:7 (NKJV)

In today’s verse, Paul continues his expression of confidence. Just as he was confident the Lord Jesus would complete the work He had begun in the Philippians, he was equally confident they would experience the […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:09:04+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 4

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”—Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

The Day of Christ Jesus, frequently referenced by Paul (Philippians 1:10, 2:16; 1 Corinthians 1:8, 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:2), is of course, the day Christ will come back for His church. Here in this famous verse, Paul is saying that He knows the Lord will continue to […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:09:42+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 3

“For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.”—Philippians 1:5 (NKJV)

Building off of what we read yesterday, Paul was sharing the details of his prayers as it pertained to the Philippian church. Here, we see Paul use the word fellowship, the Greek koinónia, which speaks of a participation; something that is intimately shared as the basis of communion and partnership.

Thus, in his prayers Paul thanked the Lord for their participation in the gospel. In this case, […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:10:23+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 2

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.”—Philippians 1:3–4 (NKJV)

Did you know that Philippians is, more than anything else, a thank you note? It wasn’t written as an apostle to a church that needed correction or instruction as most of Paul’s other letters. This was a letter between friends, and you can really sense that in Paul’s introduction.

As we mentioned yesterday, Paul wrote this letter […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:10:58+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Series Notes|