Philippians for You and Study Guide by Steven J. Lawson

51bgRZLg0cL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Philippians is one of the most popular books of the Bible to study in personal devotions and in small groups, due to it being one of Paul’s shorter yet practical epistles.   Many a book has been written on how to study Philippians, yet some are very cumbersome while other are too watered down to to be much help.  Philippians for You by Steven J. Lawson has theological depth while remaining understandable to all.  Philippians for You is the newest volume in the God’s Word for You series published by the Good Book Company Publishers.  This company is synonymous with theological richness yet accessible to even the newest of believers yet remaining relevant to the seasoned saint.

In Philippians for YouLawson beings with the typical introductory matters, yet in an attempt to remain relevant to most readers he disposes of most of the scholarly technical matters.  While this may be problematic for some the most important matters are given attention, specifically matters that are directly applicable to the average church goer.  After the short introduction the format of Philippians for You follows the standard series format dividing each chapter into two parts, each written with thier own main points and application as well as questions for refection.  With this format the reader is able to do a detailed exegetical study of Philippians without getting lost in scholarly discussions on grammar and syntax.

When looking for specific issues in relation to the text of scripture, two sections of note are Philippians 1:21-26 and 3:1-3.   In Philippians 1:21-26 Lawson delves practically into Paul’s teaching on living and dying for Chris while giving great application on how to live that dichotomy out in our current culture.  Furthermore in Philippians 3:1-3, Lawson teaches how the hope that can be found in living in said dichotomy assures Christians of the joy that can be found when abiding in Christ.  In each of these sections Lawson keeps the focus on God, demonstrating who He is and what He has done so that we may know Him and make Him known.

This commentary may not be intended for the scholar yet it gives commentary and application that is useful to the pastor or Bible teacher, while remaining accessible to the laymen in the pew, looking for a devotional commentary.  I encourage anyone who is planing to complete a thorough yet relevant study of the epistle to the Philippians to obtain a copy of Philippians for Youit is truly a step above the rest.

81pqMRCAKtLWhile this commentary is primarily intended for personal use, the Good Book Company Publishers has produced a companion piece for Philippians for You called Philippians: Shining with Great Joy which aids in using Philippians for You in small group Bible studies.  Philippians: Shining with Great Joy, also written by Steven J, Lawson, is a wonderful addition to this study which makes both of these works phenomenal resources for a study on the epistle to the Philippians.

This book was provided to me free of charge from The Good Book Company Publishers in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

 

Philippians for You

© 2017 by Steven J. Lawson

Publisher: The Good Book Company

Page Count: 224 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1784981150

 

Philippians: Shining with Great Joy

© 2017 by Steven J. Lawson

Publisher: The Good Book Company

Page Count: 80 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1784981181

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