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Philippians provides pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and lay people a clear and compelling exposition of the text in the context of the Bible’s overarching story—God’s Story. The authors move away from “application” language, which has been criticized as being too simplistic, instead encouraging discussion of how Philippians and the Bible can be lived today.

serve, and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The picture of Christ assuming a slave’s posture in washing the disciples’ feet speaks volumes (John 13:4–17). In the beautiful hymn celebrating the incarnation in Philippians 2:6–11, Paul highlights Christ’s perfect demonstration of authority: to embrace the form of a slave and, in obedience to God, endure death on a cross. What does this type of leader look like today? One characteristic is a lack of fear. The leader Paul envisions is
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