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Focus on the Bible – Philippians

By David Chapman
November 2012 | Review by Stan Evers


The Apostle Paul has a deep-seated joy in Christ. He is content whether he is in want or plenty and yes even in the face of great suffering and persecution. His life exemplifies what it means to live a Christ-like life full of devotion and joy. There is no better place to go to find an autobiography and indeed the theology of Paul than the book of Philippians. It is here we see his focus on Christ and his pastoral concern and spiritual feeling for the people at Philippi. David Chapman skilfully unpacks the book of Philippians and provides us with some personal reflection questions which help us to apply it to our lives.

  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • ISBN: 978-1-84550-687-2
  • Pages: 288
  • Price: 9.99
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Book Review

Philippians – Rejoicing and Thanksgiving

David Chapman,

Christian Focus, 290 pages,

ISBN: 978-1-84550-687-2

Star rating: 4 stars


The author successfully fulfils his aim: ‘This commentary is designed for pastors and other ministry workers, as well as for every interested student of the Bible.’  Using the ESV, he elucidates Paul’s original Greek ‘in ways understandable to those who know English.’ This well-written and readable book is a useful tool for pastors or those preaching occasionally.

      The Introduction is long, running to over twenty pages, but essential to understand the background, purpose and structure of Philippians. The chapters are shorter, each ending with questions for personal reflection, study questions, and additional notes, thus making the book suitable for daily reading and interactive study.

      Reading this commentary has deepened my knowledge of Paul’s letter and filled my heart with rejoicing and thanksgiving. Buy your pastor a copy!


Stan K Evers, Potton

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