Philippians brims over with often quoted passages: ‘He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus’ (1:6), ‘To live is Christ and to die is gain’ (1:21), and ‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me’ (4:13) are just a few. But the portrait of Jesus Christ as a humble servant serves as the core of Paul’s teaching in this letter (2:5–11).
Paul’s joy at the mere thought of the Philippian church is undeniable in the letter, and it’s that same joy that he wanted the recipients to possess as well. To lead the Philippians to this truth, Paul took them directly to Jesus, teaching them that a community of believers living in harmony with one another comes only through mutual humility modeled after the Savior. Paul wrote that he poured out his life as an offering for the sake of Christ, leading Paul to find great joy and contentment in Christ’s service. His letter to the Philippians showed them that by centering their lives on Christ, they, too, might live in true joy.Charles Swindoll, Philippians, Insights on the Bible
Today, to help us unpack all that joy, we welcome to the podcast, Dr. Wayne Baxter. Dr. Baxter serves as professor of New Testament and Greek at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, where he has been since 2012. Prior to his time in the academy, Dr. Baxter spent ten years in pastoral ministry in Windsor, Ottawa, and Mississauga.