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Philippians - A Mentor Expository Commentary (Harmon)

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Christians throughout the centuries have loved Paul's letter to the Philippians for its call to rejoice in the gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of life's circumstances. But our familiarity with the letter can cause us to neglect or overlook Paul's message to the Philippians. Dr Matthew Harmon in this uplifting and inspiring work brings context and application to this wonderful book.


Table of Contents:

1. The Progress of the Gospel (1:1-26)

Greetings and Gratitude in the Gospel (1:1-11)

The Progress of the Gospel through Paul and His Circumstances (1:12-26)

2. Living as Kingdom Citizens in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel (1:27-4:3)

Call to Live as Kingdom Citizens Worthy of the Gospel (1:27-30)

Joy Rooted in a Shared Life Produced by the Gospel (1:27-30)

Christ the Exemplar (2:5-11)

Work Out Your Own Salvation (2:12-18)

Examples of a Christ-like Mindset (2:19-4:3) 

            Paul’s Co-workers (2:19-30

            Paul Himself (3:1-14)

            The Call to Imitate Paul and His Co-workers (3:15-4:3)

3. Growth and Gratitude in the Gospel (4:4-23) 

Final Exhortations in the Gospel (4:4-9)

Gratitude for Gospel Partnership (4:10-20)

Final Greetings in the Gospel (4:21-23)



Dr Matthew Harmon serves as Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He also serves on the preaching team of Christ's Covenant Church.



"...deep-rooted, solid, and broadly accessible. This will now be my "go-to" book for teaching or preaching Philippians. I can't commend Matt Harmon's commentary on Philippians highly enough to pastors and students in all areas of church ministry and life." - Dan Phillips, Pastor, Copperfield Bible Church, author and blogger at Pyromaniacs, Houston, Texas

"...insightful theological analysis, and practical pastoral application. Pastors and laypeople alike can benefit from this finely crafted work." - Justin Taylor, author and blogger, "Between Two Worlds", Wheaton, Illinois

"... a model of good commentary writing...I commend his work to students, teachers, and preachers who seek better to understand this important letter of Paul." - Douglas Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

"Matthew Harmon has given us a fresh and faithful reading of Philippians that will be a powerful help to all who preach and teach the Word." - James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"Matt Harmon explains Paul's letter clause by clause, traces Paul's argument, reads Paul's argument in light of the rest of the Bible, and applies the letter to people today." - Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Matthew Harmon's commentary on Philippians is an outstanding work. We find careful exegesis and a clear explanation of the text. The commentary is theologically rich, in terms of both biblical and systematic theology, and so there is more than a running commentary. Harmon also applies the text to readers in practical ways. Scholars, students, pastors, and teachers will profit significantly from this work." - Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"This commentary is a study in clarity and balance. It is simple in expression, yet profound in insight. It is thorough in scope, yet selective enough not to overwhelm. It is informed by recent scholarship, yet avoids fruitless complexities. It draws on knowledge of ancient languages, yet makes its case in plain English. It is classic in its focus on God, Christ, and redemption, yet current in showing how a gospel from long ago is just as true and powerful today. In a word, this is a fine resource for serious students of Philippians in both church and college settings." - Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

"Historically aware, exegetically astute, and theologically sensitive... A new go-to resource for pastors and students!" - Dr Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society and Editor of the NIV Proclamation Bible