Philippians 4:10-23

Today we conclude a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Well, we’re at the end! I hope you’ve enjoyed this imaginative journey through Philippians. In this last section Paul thanks the Philippians for their financial partnership with him but in typical fashion takes the opportunity to teach on contentment.

Paul – There was, however, one last things to say. I’d kept it til last so that it was the final word – a word of thanks!

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Philippians 4:4-9

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

We’re nearly done! In today’s section Paul returns to one of the key themes of the epistle: joy!

Paul – I cannot tell you how often I have prayed for Euodia and Syntyche over the last six weeks since Epaphroditus set out. It is such an important issue for them to address. I am confident, however, that they will resolve their differences and that the cause of the gospel will not be hindered. In fact, I am certain that they will be mature enough in Christ to embrace humility and to set aside their grievances.

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Philippians 4:1-4

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

In today’s section Paul addresses a very specific problem in the Philippian church. While we are not told if the tension between the two women mentioned in the letter was ever resolved I have taken some creative liberty and written it up as it may have happened. Given that Paul has such confidence in the Philippians I think this might be at least plausible!

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Philippians 3:12-21

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Paul adds his own example to those of Jesus, Timothy, and Epaphroditus as one that the Philippians should follow. In today’s section the apostle urges the Philippians onward and upward in their discipleship.

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Philippians 3:1-11

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Today, in Philippians 3:1-11 Paul turns to another threat that is facing the Philippians. This one, however, isn’t internal, but external.

Clement – After Paul’s commendation of Timothy and Epaphroditus the tone changed. Epaphroditus, who was reading the letter aloud for us, made it clear in his delivery that this was a deadly serious issue. While we were to warmly embrace and emulate people like Timothy and Epaphroditus there were some people we shouldn’t welcome.

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Philippians 2:16-30

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

As we continue through Paul’s letter of friendship to the Philippians we come across another example of the sort of selfless attitude that Paul is advocating. This time it is the example of Epaphroditus and Timothy; two men well known to the community of believers in Philippi. They both exhibit the sort of attitude Paul desires them to have to each other.

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Philippians 2:9-11

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

In today’s section Paul continues his reflection on Jesus’ willingness to set aside his rights and privileges for the good of others focusing on his death on a cross. As I did yesterday, I have included the text of Philippians 2:5-11 in the notes. The text is from The Message.

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Philippians 2:2-8

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Yesterday we ended with Paul asking a favour of his friends in Philippians. Or, perhaps more specifically, couching an ethical command as a favour! Paul’s deep friendship with the Philippians means that he doesn’t feel the need to use his apostolic authority, but this shouldn’t cause us to overlook just how important this issue was to Paul! Let’s read Clement’s response to this “request”.

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Philippians 1:22 – 2:2

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Today Paul reflects on the possibility of his death but in so doing he demonstrates the attitude that he desires the Philippians have to the needs of each other.

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