Christ and the Church: The Ministry of the Baptized

Wendell R. Debner

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 10/1/1987

Issue: The Ministry of the Baptized (Vol. 7, No 4, Fall, 1987)

We turn our attention to the book of Philippians after sixteen Sundays with Romans. The four readings before us contain more than half of the total book of Philippians and they afford the preacher an ample opportunity to acquaint the congregation with the contents of the entire book, to explore background material and to develop a series of sermons based on the thematic content of the four passages. hilippians is well worth the time and effort; it contains several themes suitable for Reformation and All Saints: partnership in the gospel, justification by faith, hope, servanthood, and joy. Paul addresses these issues in this book; some sections are so rich they are repeatedly selected as appropriate texts for other occasions of worship. Philippians 2:5-9 is commonly used during the Lenten season; 4:6-20 is assigned for Thanksgiving Day; and 1:21 is commonly used in the burial service of the church.

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