Philippians Resources

On Sunday, 2 September we will begin our new study through Paul's letter to the Philippians. I know that many of you enjoy studying on your own throughout the week and so I always like to provide resources that may be of some value or benefit to you in your personal study. 

I will begin by giving you the full list of resources that I will be using during this study and then I will suggest a few that might be more helpful to you than others. 


Here is the full run-down from top to bottom with links to find these resources online and a short description of each.

  • Crossway ESV Scripture Journal: Philippians - You all know by now how I feel about these ESV Scripture Journals. I think they are a great resource for studying through books of the Bible and provide a great place to keep notes right next to the text. Find it on Amazon HERE.
  • To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler (David Cook Publishing) - This is a devotional commentary written by a pastor. I will say more about this book below.
  • Christ-Centered Exposition of Philippians by Tony Merida and Francis Chan - Merida and Chan are two of the best biblical expositors around today. Merida just happened to also be my preaching professor in seminary. This book is a very practical guide to breaking down the book of Philippians verse by verse.
  • Philippians (The Bible Speaks Today Series) by J.A. Motyer - If you have never owned one of the Bible Speaks Today commentaries this would be a good place to start. These commentaries are designed for the average church-goer. I will say more on this one below.
  • Expositional Commentary on Philippians by John Calvin - There is a lot of stuff floating around about Calvin these days. Don't let it deter you from his commentaries. They are some of the richest expositional teachings of the Bible that you can find.
  • Philippians (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament) by Andreas Kostenberger and Robert Yarbrough - Unless you have a pretty good knowledge of the Greek language you may want to steer clear of this one. It is a technical analysis of the original Greek used in Paul's letter to the Philippians. Dr. Kostenberger was my New Testament professor and I can tell you he is among the best.
  • Philippians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Moises Silva - If you really want to dive deep and take your study to the next level, this is where to start. It is a technical commentary but I believe it is fairly accessible. Silva is known for his rich and conservative doctrine.
  • The Letter to the Philippians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by G. Walter Hansen - This is another fairly technical commentary written primarily with pastors and scholars in mind. Hansen is a well regarded professor of Global Theology at Fuller Seminary.

Now, obviously, there are way more resources here than any of you would need to deepen your personal study of Philippians. So let me suggest just a few of these resources to help you take your study to the next level no matter where you are with Philippians right now.

Best Devotional Resource:

Even if you are totally new to the letter to the Philippians, you can benefit from Chandler's book. Chandler is the pastor of the Village Church in Texas. He is a founding member of The Gospel Coalition and he is an excellent preacher and writer. No doubt you will enjoy this book and at just over 200 pages it is a pretty easy read as well.

Find it on Amazon HERE.


Best Introductory Commentary:

The Bible Speaks Today Commentary series is one of my absolute favorites. They are always written with the average church-goer in mind. They give you just enough detail to help you go deeper in study but they are careful not to bog you down with too much. Motyer is a well respected Bible teacher and this commentary on Philippians is some of his finest work. The whole commentary is given in just over 200 pages and it is very accessible.

Find it on Amazon HERE.

Honorable Mentions:

If you have studied Philippians before and you want to challenge yourself, I would highly recommend the Commentary on Philippians by Moises Silva. This commentary is a part of the Baker Exegetical Commentaries of the New Testament Series which is regarded as one of the best commentary series on the New Testament available today. 

Find it on Amazon HERE.

Of course, if you have any questions about any of these resources or about our study in Philippians feel free to call or email.

Soli Deo Gloria