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Paul has concerns about unity breaking down in Philippians at a spiritual level. They have suffered years of persecution and poverty. Paul comforts them in this, saying it is a sign from God. They have been granted suffering for Him, and the evildoers will be punished.

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture9.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Paul calls for the Philippians' love to grow and abound in knowledge and in understanding. He discusses suffering, giving joy that his imprisonment has led his preaching the Gospel to have such a wide reach. He argues that persecution is a privilege and a sign of one's devotion to Christ.

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture8.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

Paul is incredibly thankful to God for Philippi, and thankful for God's grace and work through them. This thankfulness buoys him as he serves his prison sentence, and is a model for us as we are called to "rejoice always and in everything give thanks."

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture7.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

Paul introduces himself and Timothy as servants of Christ Jesus, and the significance of this title is discussed. The letter is addressed to the entire community, not just the overseers and deacons. They are all saints, through grace in Jesus Christ. The titles of overseer and deacon also have different connotations in that time than today.

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture6.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 4:25pm EST