Exalting Jesus in Philippians

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  • Paperback
  • 209 pages
  • Exalting Jesus in Philippians
  • Tony Merida
  • English
  • 10 November 2017
  • 9780805497588

About the Author: Tony Merida

Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC Tony is the author of Faithful Preaching, co author of Orphanology, and serves as a general editor and as contributor to the Christ Centered Exposition Commentary series BH Publishing Group along with David Platt and Danny Akin He is married to Kimberly, with whom he has five adopted children.


Exalting Jesus in Philippians Edited By David Platt, Daniel L Akin, And Tony Merida, This New Commentary Series, Projected To Be Volumes, Takes A Christ Centered Approach To Expositing Each Book Of The Bible Rather Than A Verse By Verse Approach, The Authors Have Crafted Chapters That Explain And Apply Key Passages In Their Assigned Bible Books Readers Will Learn To See Christ In All Aspects Of Scripture, And They Will Be Encouraged By The Devotional Nature Of Each Exposition Projected Contributors To The Series Include Notable Authors Such As Russell D Moore, Al Mohler, Matt Chandler, Mark Dever, And Others

10 thoughts on “Exalting Jesus in Philippians

  1. says:

    This is an excellent series for Bible Study, I love the format Highly recommend you try it I love the book of Philippians the apostle Paul Awesome study

  2. says:

    Title Exalting Jesus in Philippians Christ Centered Exposition Commentary Author Tony Merida, etc.Pages 288Year 2016Publisher Holman ReferenceMy rating is 5 stars.These commentaries are written to expound Biblical truth and provide questions that help people think or meditate on what they are studying I found that the questions can be answered via journal, used in a small group setting or to elicit deeper examination of the text I reviewed another commentary by these publishers that focused on 1 2 Kings that revealed to me Jesus in the Old Testament in a way I never say Him before Here in Philippians the authors go in smaller amounts of verses as the book of Philippians is only four chapters in length Sometimes as I am reading the commentary after reading the Scripture portion in my Bible, I get antsy As I pondered why, it became clear that in our instant society it really takes a decision to be still and know God There isn t anything instant in our walk with the Lord it takes a person who decides to have the self control to study, read or meditate on Scripture when other people or life is knocking on his her door.It is my sincerest desire to know him deeper, point others to Him and above all glorify Him with my life There is no short cut or formula in this relationship with God because it is a relationship not a nonliving activity to check off daily I appreciate the author s insights, questions and encouragement to grow in my knowledge of Him which in turn helps grow my prayer life, loving others, and I want to continue to do so until I take my last breath here on earth and my first in heaven How about you Disclosure of Material Connection I received one or of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  3. says:

    This is an excellent and accessible commentary for both a pastor or layperson It was a partnership between Tony Merida Francis Chan and they both bring insight to the study of Philippians I recommend it to any follower of Christ.

  4. says:

    Not too shabby

  5. says:

    Great small group, Bible study, or personal devotion format Makes me think of Lifeway Sunday School curriculum, but thoroughly covering the selected book it studies.

  6. says:

    Favorite quote Apart from knowledge of God and His Word, we will not love in a way that glorifies God and blesses others p 41 Exalting Jesus in Philippians is one of the commentaries in the Christ Centered Exposition commentary series published by BH I have reviewed several of the commentaries in this series now, and I must say that I really am pleased with this series Thirteen chapters cover every verse in the book of Philippians There are six chapters focusing on Philippians 1 One of those chapters also deals with the first four verses of Philippians 2 There are three chapters focusing on Philippians 2 Not counting the one that also covers some of Philippians 1 There are two chapters focusing on Philippians 3 There are two chapters focusing on Philippians 4 Each chapter contains a main idea, and an outline I loved both features The main idea because it summarizes and condenses It will also be great for future reference The outline because it provides a logical, organized way of approaching both the Scripture text and the chapter itself The main idea for Philippians 2 5 11 In this amazing passage, Paul magnifies the humility and exaltation of Jesus, which should lead us to emulate Jesus example and adore Him as Lord of all 89 The outline for Philippians 2 5 11I The Mind of Christ Philippians 2 5 II The Humility of Christ Philippians 2 6 8 A His humble renunciation Philippians 2 6 B His humble incarnation Philippians 2 7 C His humble crucifixion Philippians 2 8 III The Exaltation of Christ Philippians 2 9 11 A His exalted position Philippians 2 9 B Everyone s adoration and confession Philippians 2 10 11 Each chapter concludes with reflection or discussion questions Here are three example discussion questions from the chapter on Philippians 2 5 11 These questions are found on page 104 How is Jesus model of leadership different from a worldly view of leadership How can you put this type of life in practice today What would happen in our relationships if we lived out Philippians 2 5 11 How can you go from being a grasper to a giver Why should we be overwhelmed by the fact that we Christians know Christ and that He knows us Occasionally charts and other visual aids were used as well I also loved how the authors pulled in quotes and ideas from others both past and present Here is a D.A Carson quote I really found incredibly useful.D.A Carson points out that the cross can be viewed from five perspectives From God s perspective, Jesus died as a propitiation for our sins 1 John 2 2 He absorbed God s wrath and turned away God s anger from us From Christ s perspective, Jesus obeyed His Father perfectly, saying Not My will, but Yours, be done Luke 22 42 He carried out His assignment to give His life a ransom for many Mark 10 45 This text in Philippians highlights Christ s perfect obedience also a major theme in John s Gospel He became obedient to the point of death even to death on a cross Philippians 2 8 From Satan s perspective, the cross means the accuser s defeat see Rev 12 11 From sin s perspective, the cross is the means by which our debt is paid Finally, from our perspective, while acknowledging all of these truths, treasuring the love and justice of God as well as the substitutionary life and death of Jesus His victory over Satan and sin we must also note that the cross serves as the supreme standard of behavior It s the primary point that Paul makes here in Philippians 2 5 90 I would definitely recommend this one It is clearly written, well organized, practical, rich in insights.

  7. says:

    Exalting Jesus in Philippians is a new commentary on Philippians written by Tony Merida and Francis Chan It is one of the latest editions to the Christ Centered Exposition series of commentaries edited by Merida, David Platt, and Daniel Akin Like the other commentaries in this series, Exalting Jesus in Philippians is easy to read and full of practical applications One of the strengths of this commentary is that it is written in such a way that a pastor can use it to glean pastoral applications from Philippians while the average Christian can also use it in their personal study This is great for boots on the ground Christian living and application of scripture In fact, I would argue that this is the most important style of commentary that a pastor or lay person could read The downside to this of course is that Exalting Jesus in Philippians lacks the academic rigor that many pastors and academic minded students will want That is not to say that this commentary lacks an intellectual foundation It doesn t In fact, one of the things the authors did very well was to not allow their profound understanding of the textual nuances become the focus of the commentary Their interpretation was clearly under girded by a rich foundation in Biblical studies, but rather than touting their academic knowledge of language and context, they simply communicated their knowledge in a way that any believer will be able to grasp the fundamental message of Philippians.If I have any complaints at all about Exalting Jesus in Philippians, it is the distracting way that the authors intermingled their personal narratives into the applications To be sure, the illustrations from their personal lives were valuable, but they had a distracting habit of parenthetically inserting the name of which author was telling the story For example, in the opening sentences to the commentary on Philippians 2 5 11 the author writes, Last week, I Tony went into a store to grab a bottle of water I m sure this is simply a personal preference, but to be honest I m not too concerned with which of the authors is telling the story I found that it distracted from the Christ Centered nature of the commentary by making it personality centered Again, this wasn t terrible but I did find it distracting and after a while it began to be mildly annoying I understand that many will appreciate this approach After all, it lends a sort of personal nature to the commentary However, I believe that could have been accomplished while not becoming distracting I would have preferred the authors to simply use the illustration and not worry about which one was being credited for the life event.Overall Exalting Jesus in Philippians is a good well rounded commentary that upholds the doctrines of the Reformation while not overly focusing on the doctrine as the main point The authors did a wonderful job making Philippians relevant and easy to understand I appreciate the work being done in this series and in this edition in particular Christians will certainly benefit from this commentary for a long time.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Holman Reference, BH Publishing Group in exchange for an online review I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  8. says:

    I have now read two commentaries in this series The books do focus on the centrality of Christ in Scripture Most notable of the chief aims is the pastoral emphasis of the expositions As a pastor, I find this very helpful Each volume I have read is filled with textually specific illustrations and applications At times, I wish the exegesis was a little comprehensive but the goal is accuracy not verse by verse explanation In every case where legitimate questions of interpretation exist, the authors list the possibilities fairly.The Philippians commentary begins with a good look at the start of the church there That leads to a challenging discussion on the need for church planting As this church in Philippi was showing Rome what a better kingdom looked like let s show our city and our world what a better kingdom looks like We do this by submitting our lives to the kingship of Jesus, following His Word p.15 Anyone who has studied or taught Philippians is aware that joy is the theme I appreciated the authors emphasis on the joyfulness of Paul, the happiest man in Rome Too little emphasis is placed on the importance of praying the prayers of Scripture, not in this book The familiarity of 1 21 does not stand in the way of a superb explanation of Paul s living and dying in Christ.The kenosis, emptying of Christ, is illustrated in several ways The question of working out, not working for salvation is answered succinctly I was encouraged with the emphasis on the travelogue of Chapter 2 Nothing is mundane about life in Christ.The marks of those who know Christ from the opening of chapter three are so timely Five challenges for spiritual growth in the rest of the chapter show how Paul moves from instructions and imperatives to living illustrations p 117 Paul was a one thing guy The writers spring from Paul s discourse on prayer versus anxiety to 4 sobering reasons from other Scriptures why worry is antithetical to faith p 178 Verse 13 may be the most often quoted verse in Philippians This commentary explains the context of that promise without making those who quote it wrongly look foolish The book closes with a challenge from the last verses of Philippians to pastors be faithful to preach about the joy of giving.Pastors should find this book and others in the series uplifting Everyone will find instruction and meaningful application in the pages.

  9. says:

    See my full review here put, I am highly impressed with this book If the other books in this series some are being written and others are in the planning stages are even half as good, you will not be disappointed with this commentary series The commentary in this book truly holds to the title where Christ is seen throughout the Scriptures It provides excellent exposition that is not the same as typical commentaries where they provide commentary for every single verse Rather, in this book, the authors approach a section of the Scriptures and provide in depth commentary based on that particular topic that is very solid and insightful This series is kind of geared toward pastors and small group leaders by design, however, I strongly feel that anyone can really get even of an appreciation and understanding of the Word of God through this commentary series At the end of each chapter in this book, the authors have a short section called Reflect and Discuss which contains ten very thought provoking questions and application points These are excellent questions that really can be easily used in a small group type study or even for individual reflection and application Overall, I would say that this book and the series is highly recommended.I received a free copy of this book from BH Publishing in exchange or my unbiased review In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by BH Lifeway Holman to write a positive review.The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  10. says:

    Excellent exposition of Philippians packed with insight Highly recommended for personal or group study.

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