Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Lessons from Philippians

Paul’s Hebrew Heritage – Philippians 3:4-8

May 1st, 2010

Paul had invested many years and much effort in strenuously studying and following Pharisaical Judaism. However, he willingly relinquished and forfeited all the advantages and privileges of his heritage and training. In fact, Paul saw the advantages as disadvantages and the privileges as liabilities. Paul had come to realise that following the traditions of Judaism, or any amount of human effort, was not able to earn him salvation or enable him to gain Christ. Continue reading»

Righteousness and Justification – Philippians 3:9

May 1st, 2010

What does it mean to be righteous?
What does it mean to be justified?
What does it mean to be reconciled with God? Continue reading»

The Onward, Upward Call – Philippians 3:10-14

May 1st, 2010

What is the “upward call of God in Christ”?
Is it heaven? Or something different? Continue reading»

Maturity and Perfection – Philippians 3:15-19

May 1st, 2010

Paul did not regard his goal of spiritual perfection as something only special Christians should aspire to. Spiritual maturity and perfection was, and is, for all Christians; and Paul expected the already mature and “perfect” Christians at Philippi to recognise this. Continue reading»

The Day of Christ – Philippians 3:20-4:1

May 1st, 2010

Paul refers to the Day of Christ three times in his letter to the Philippians. What is the Day of Christ? Are you looking forward to this Day? Continue reading»

Ministers at Philippi: Women and Men – Philippians 4:2-5

May 1st, 2010

Women and men ministered together in the Philippian church. Who were these ministers? Continue reading»

Prayer and Peace – Philippians 4:6-9

May 1st, 2010

In Philippians 4:6-9 Paul gives the antidote for worry and anxiety. Continue reading»

Money and Ministry – Philippians 4:10-20

May 1st, 2010

Our attitude to money can be a powerful and influential force in our lives. We might be carefree and generous, or possessive and fearful when it comes to parting with finances. We might be content with very little, or discontent even though wealthy. Our attitude towards finances could well be an area that God needs to work on. Continue reading»

Closing Greetings – Philippians 4:21-23

May 1st, 2010

This is the final session of our Philippians Bible study.
This short entry looks at Paul’s closing greeting and blessing.
It also looks briefly at Nero, the Roman Emperor in rule during Paul’s lifetime Continue reading»

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