We have spent the last three months journeying on Sunday mornings through the book of Philippians. Unlike many other of Paul’s letters, Philippians does not deal directly with any major problem in the church. Nevertheless, there are hints throughout the letter that there was disharmony
“He who is alone with his sin is utterly alone.” Wow. That is profoundly true. Dietrich Bonhoeffer made this observation in his little, yet classic book, Life Together. Bonhoeffer is better known for his book The Cost of Discipleship and for his opposition to the Nazis
Our text for this study (13:9–14) is probably the most difficult in this epistle to understand and therefore to explain. There are nearly as many opinions as there are commentaries! Nevertheless, we need to grapple with it, for it is the inspired Word of God.
One of the more sobering realities of which I have become increasingly cognisant over the years is the danger of assuming the gospel. Like Joseph and Mary, who left Jesus behind at the temple (Luke 2:41–45), there are many in churches who erroneously assume that