In Philippians scholar and pastor Dennis Johnson provides readers with a magisterial exegetical treatment in expository form Paul's tiny but powerfully inspiring epistle. The advance of the gospel and its relation to suffering, self-centeredness versus self-sacrificial service, the basis of assurance in salvation, interpersonal conflict, and true contentment are all topics that Paul explores in this epistle and Johnson further unpacks and develops those teachings for his readers passage-by-passage.
Johnson shows how the apostle uses his own prison experience--and the attitude he maintains in spite of it--to show the Philippians the difference a Christ-formed mind makes in the way believers respond to adversity, rivalry, conflict, vanity, and any other circumstance they encounter in fundamentally different ways. Great for stimulating sermon preparation, for teaching, and even devotional reading that takes you straight to the text, Philippians is a resource all Christians will benefit from.
About the Series:
As with all volumes in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of Philippians is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.
The truth revealed behind the phrase "for me to live is Christ" transforms our responses to present imperfections and future hope. Johnson's commentary grounded in pastoral application is ideal for sermon preparation and devotional reading.
Pastors aspiring to preach expositorily, take note! Philippians by Dennis E. Johnson is as good a source for such preaching as you'll ever get. This commentary has everything you'd want: uncluttered exegesis, cross-references to the rest of Scripture, and theological integration, but also historical background and parallels, literary references, illustrations from and applications to modern life, allusions to pop culture, local color, and warmth of personal testimony.
-Robert H. Gundry
Dennis Johnson's Philippians is a treasured contribution to P&R's Reformed Expository Commentary series. Not only does Johnson's experience as a preacher and teacher of preachers make these messages wonderful models of exposition, but also his expertise in biblical theology permeates every page. The Christ-centered focus is beautifully and powerfully interwoven throughout.
Only rarely does one come across a work that so successfully blends scholarship with clarity of exposition and pastoral application. One quickly becomes aware that the author has done his homework and done it well, carefully examining the exegetical options and reaching thoughtful conclusions...This work can easily and with pleasure be read through in a few sittings. Anyone who does so will not be disappointed.
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