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Let’s take a look at how Lexham products can equip a pastor for better sermon preparation—or simply better study. We’ll be using three resources:
- Lexham Bible Guide: Philippians (available in the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection)
- Study, Apply, Share: Philippians
- High Definition Commentary: Philippians
We’ll start with Philippians 2:5–11.
The origins of Philippians 2:5–11
This passage is one of the most important statements regarding Christ’s model of servanthood. A good starting point would be the discussion on the origins and different interpretations of this section. The Lexham Bible Guides are specifically designed to support this type of research. By curating all the most important interpretations and critical analyses of the text, the guide sets you up to get an overview and then choose the direction of your study.
What’s in a word?
Once you have your exegetical background, you’ll want to find an application that’s appropriate for your congregation. Study, Apply, Share: Philippians helps you jump-start your sermon planning with application suggestions and slides for sharing. Let’s say you decide to focus your sermon or study on obedience and submission, homing in on Jesus’ emptying of himself (Phil. 2:7).
The Greek verb for “to empty” will be of particular interest:
A case study in submission
Now you have most of the framework for your sermon, but you want something memorable to drive your point home. The High Definition Commentary: Philippians provides this punch with professionally designed graphics.
With your application in mind—to empty ourselves means to humble ourselves in obedience to God—you review the commentary and find just what you need for emphasis:
“It’s what Jesus does with all His power and authority: He chooses to humble Himself instead of using His divine power to assert Himself. Paul elaborates on this in 2:8. He tells us that Jesus was obedient to death. We joke about doing things ‘to death,’ but this is the real deal!”
This example shows you how Lexham Press helps you create outstanding material and free up time to pursue God’s other priorities for your life.
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