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Preached by Rob Sturdy on 9.13.09

Iain Boyd has posted our congregation’s Philippians devotionals for our preaching series through Paul’s letter.  To find them just click here

Study Philippians!

Posted: September 17, 2009 by limabean03 in Biblical Studies, Philippians, Trinity Tidings

As you may know, Trinity began a sermon series preaching through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. I would like to point you towards a few great resources in case you wanted to dive a little bit deeper than we’re able to do on Sunday morning.

Devotional: Iain Boyd, our associate pastor has organized a great team of folks to contribute to a daily devotional working through Philippians. One devotional per week is specifically geared to be done in a community setting, so that you can study with your family or with your friends in your neighborhood! Copies can be obtained in the church offices.

Extra Reading (Commentaries):  I have listed these from most accessible to most difficult.  My explanatory notes on each can be food below each book in italicized notes. 

Carson, D.A. Basics for Believers:  An exposition of Philippians (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic 2008)
D.A. Carson provides an exciting, relevant, passionate and theological reading of Philippians. It is exactly what the title indicates, “Basics for Believers”. I would recommend this book as a good place to start for anyone (lay and ordained) who wanted to go deeper into Philippians while at the same time making the study relevant to day to day life.

Motyer, J.A. The Message of Philippians BST (Inter-Varsity: Downers Grove 1984)
The BST (Bible Speaks Today) series is a wonderfully accessible series where pastors and theologians work hard to bring the text with insight and energy into the realm of the day to day struggles and joys of your average Christ follower. A good choice for lay people and, exegetically a step up from Carson’s work.

Calvin, John. Calvin’s Works vol 21 (Baker Books: Grand Rapids)
What more can be said about John Calvin? The great reformer brings his enormous intellect to bear on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Calvin’s work is exegetically serious, however he was writting for the common man. For lay people this may be a challenge, yet no doubt richly rewarding.

Barth, Karl. Epistle to the Philippians (Westminster: John Knox Press 2002)
Barth’s commentaries were criticized for being too theological, and not critical enough of the actual text (see his Romans commentary for a good example!) Nevertheless, Barth’s reading of Philippians is intellectually difficult, yet tremendously rewarding. A good read for anyone attempting to see how Biblical studies interacts with and shapes theological convictions.

 Lightfoot, J.B. St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians:  A revised text with introduction, notes and dissertations (London:  MacMillan and Co. 1903)
An Anglican Bishop from one hundred years ago, Lightfoot’s commentary is perhaps the least rewarding, however it is worth buying the book for his nearly one hundred page introduction on the Apostle Paul, the church in Philippi, and the letter itself. Priceless! 

Fee, Gordon. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians:  NICNT (Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans 1995)
The NICNT is perhaps my favorite commentary series, along with the NICOT. This work is for serious students of the Bible and may prove to be too intense for the average layman. For serious Bible students, you will not find a better scholarly approach to the Bible from an evangelical perspective than this series. 

Silva, Moises. Philippians BECNT 2nd ed.  (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic 2005)
Silva gets a bit to hung up in the world of literary criticism for my taste, making this book difficult and at times tedious. Nevertheless, for those whose reading of Scripture tends to be deeply informed by literary and particularly form criticism, this book will be a useful tool.

O’Brien, Peter T. The Epistle to the Philippians:  A Commentary on the Greek Text NIGTC (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 1991)
As per NICNT, BECNT is scholarly and evangelical. O’Brien’s commentary is a technical exposition from the Greek text which also deals in depth with form critical assumptions regarding the text. Because this book is highly technical, it will appeal to a very small audience. Nevertheless, it is valuable tool for the serious student of the Bible. 

Extra-Extra reading:
Baxter, Richard. Dying Thoughts (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust)
Baxter’s book is a 130 pg meditation upon Phil 1.23. Deeply moving. I highly recommend this book to help click into some of the major themes of the Epistle.

Piper, John. Desiring God (Multnomah Publishers Inc 2004)
Piper explores the theme of “Christian Hedonism”, which is partially a reflection on Phil 1.22-23. While not explicitly a book on Philippians, Desiring God will no doubt introduce to various themes that we will stress as we study it together.