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»
Lessons from Philippians
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»
What is the “upward call of God in Christ”?
Is it heaven? Or something different? Continue reading»
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»
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»
Women and men ministered together in the Philippian church. Who were these ministers? Continue reading»
In Philippians 4:6-9 Paul gives the antidote for worry and anxiety. Continue reading»
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»