Chandler writes on the major points of Philippians for the relatively new believer, to show what Christian maturity looks like. He also gives the background situation for Paul writing to the Philippians.
are some interesting points in his book from chapter two of
Philippians: “...[I]f the gospel is true, your life should look
like its true.” (32) From chapter three: “What stirs your
affections for Jesus? What robs you of your affections for Christ?”
(61) “We need to surround ourselves with people who have strengths
in areas of our weaknesses.” (73) “Nobody stumbles into godliness
ever. … There is no autopilot mode for the Christian life.” (78)
“It's our responsibility to find people we can disciple, and it's
our responsibility to be discipled.” (83) “Because of Christ's
work, we have been rescued from the idolatry of earthly things.”
(89) From chapter four: We have to sometimes fight for joy.
“...[W]orry is a choice made in distrust.” (105) “Thanksgiving
and worry can't occupy the same space.” (108) Contentment is not
natural – we have to learn it in a world filled with more
activities and entertainment than ever before.
rambles a bit, I felt, when he gives illustrations of a point he is
making. An example is his athletic experiences when the subject is
discipleship. He retells several Bible stories that, honestly, I
skimmed through because I was very familiar with them.
is a book for new Christians, or at least Christians unfamiliar with
the book of Philippians. This is by no means a verse by verse
exposition. Nor is the book very deep, although some of his points
are. Seasoned Christians who have studied Philippians will probably
find nothing new here.
There was no study guide or discussion questions in the galley I read.
Chandler pastors The Village Church, a multi-campus church attended
by more than 10,000 people. He lives in Dallas with his wife and
three children. You can listen to his sermons at
C. Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in
Middletown Springs, Vermont. He is an award-winning author whose
articles have appeared in numerous periodicals. He blogs daily at http://thegospelcoalition.org.
C. Cook, 224 pages. Publisher's product page.
received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for
the purpose of this review.