Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in Philippians by Tony Merida and Francis Chan (ed. David Platt, Daniel Akin, and Tony Merida) is an excellent tool for anyone looking to get an overview of this beautiful epistle or study some of the main elements of the book by the Apostle Paul.
The commentary is not a verse-by-verse exposition of the text but that works in the favor of this particular book. Rather than getting bogged down in various potential meanings of various texts and their interpretations by liberal, conservative, and moderate scholars, Exalting Jesus in Philippians stays readable for your typical non-sermon preaching person looking to see the glory of Christ in the Scriptures while holding to a high view of the Bible. The book also has the strength of providing built in takeaway and application points so that Philippians doesn’t come across as simply a philosophical book of the Bible.
The application points of the book by Merida and Chan is also a strength for those who may be studying the text for a sermon or a Bible study. The book helps keep the biblical text applicable while also providing enough Scriptural meat to assist in feeding people some solid food.
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