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Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians

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An exposition of Philippians that considers Paul's instruction on consistent integrity and the corss as the center of life.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Baker Academic
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Carson's style in this book is almost chatty at times, but the points he makes still have depth. The book began life as four messages delivered to a conference in 1994, which may account for its accessible style. Whether Carson subsequently expanded on the talks he doesn't say, but at 132 pages long, they must have been quite substantial messages.
That aside, this is an excellent exposition of the Epistle to the Philippians. Having finished it I'm inclined to think I'll probably turn round and r
Brandon Halvorsen
An excellent exposition of the book of Philippians.

There are 5 chapters in this book -

1. Put the Gospel First
(Phil. 1:1-26)
2. Focus on the Cross
(Phil. 1:27-2:18)
3. Adopt Jesus' Death as a Test of Your Outlook
(Phil. 1:27-2:18)
4. Emulate Worthy Christian Leaders
(Phil. 2:19-3:21)
5. Never Give Up the Christian Walk
(Phil. 4:1-23)

I really enjoyed the whole book. It wasn't that long but rather dense. I appreciated many things, from the author's explanation of propitiation, to his call to examine t
Josh Taylor
"Other kinds of obedience sink into a pathetic brand of legalism" (p. 101) the caveat that Carson gives here, is unfortunately the problem with this book, appealing regularly to this Western guilt-Gospel where we owe our Saviour and other believers. Missing the motivation behind these 'actions' or 'instructions' that Paul is giving here, out of the freedom and love that believers gain from being in Christ.
The title of the book is highly misleading, as it would seem that basics is for the middle-
Aaron Boyce
Carson's sermon series boiled down into book form was very helpful for my overall understanding of the book of Philippians. We're called to live out the gospel with gospel-fueled motivation. We cannot simply have $5 worth of the gospel--enough to ease our weakened consciences, but not enough to bring us to action. We must rather, with Paul, consider all things as loss in light of the surpassing value of knowing Christ and making him known.
Jonathan Seger
I read this over the course of 9 months while my wife & I lead a bible study for some of the high schoolers at our church. I consider Carson's 'Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians' somewhat unique among books of its kind. It's rare that you find a commentary on a book of the bible that is biblical, thorough, insightful, & a cause for reflection all the while remaining brief (124 pages) & accessible to all varieties of church members. Oftentimes, reading commentaries ca ...more
Geo Philips
This should be a 4-star review. Carson is insightful as always and the condensed exposition here (based off 5 of his sermons on Philippians) is full of theological truth and rich application. BUT I would not recommend this as an introductory text to Philippians. For someone familiar with the epistle and willing to ready this slowly (and perhaps repeatedly), this book will prove to be of great value. The title is misleading because I think it is intended to convey that Philippians contains 'basic ...more
Helpful, challenging Bible teaching from Don Carson. Best read with an open Bible in front of you, because he sticks closely to the text of the book of Philippians. Kind of a hard book to comment on, because being a direct exposition of a Biblical text it doesn't really have a distinctive identity of it's own! But Carson provides a helpful structure, plenty of "aha" moments in his explanations, good stories and illustrations and helpful applications. Quite a dense book considering it's only 130 ...more
Carson has some excellent illustrations in his commentary. I especially liked 3$ worth of the gospel and the story about Dave, the graduate student. It was a helpful and easy to read and understand book. I used it in combination with a couple of other books for teaching a Sunday School class on Philippians.
This is a really helpful book. I wish I had read it in smaller chunks, more slowly, so that I was able to take it all in better. Don Carson does a great job of breaking down the books of Philippians and guiding you through it to see the gospel and how it ought to change the Christian's life.
Jonathan Roberts
Great little book! Taken from five sermons preached by Carson a few years back. This was a good resource for my preaching series in Philippians but I think it would has benefited me even if it were not for sermon prep. Thank you Lord for the book of Philippians it is such a blessing!
flipping around, I've been impressed with each chapter. easy-to-read but not simple. solid theology. this is on loan from the library but I want to buy a copy to keep on my bookshelf for rereading. I may have to buy this one since it's a couple months overdue! (oooops.)
This is one of my favorite books I've ever read. I've read it three times and I'm sure I'll read it again. It is a fairly short on Philippians. The theology is very solid and also very clear. The gospel is very clear. Anyways, just read this book already.
Jim Teggelaar
Carson really unpacks this small New Testament letter beautifully. Full of insights without being toooo much information. And just like Paul, he turns from information to wisdom, as he teaches us how to put these words to action in the 21st century.
This is a helpful set of sermons that Carson put together for the book of Philippians. His interpretation of the book of Philippians is rightly Christ-centered. This was both enjoyable and helpful as I worked through the book of Philippians.
Basics for believers is great. Not only for new believers by any means. An easy read, especially for a Carson book. Does a good job of bringing up basic christian doctrine by expositing Phillipians. Strongly recommend it.
Great overview of Philippians by The Don! Especially helpful if considering a sermon series on this book as he gives you a detailed yet panoramic view of Paul's epistle to his much-loved friends.
Jenai Hamilton
Thorough, concise, and easy to follow, D.A. Carson holds true to the text, admits when he is unsure, gives a few options in interpretation, and gives reason to his choice of suggestions.
Bryan McWhite
"Basic" is a bit of a misnomer. This is not an easy book, but it is (typically Carson) an outstanding one.
Al Garlando
Reading this as an overview and introduction to a series on Philippians that I am planning after Easter.
Michael Locklear
A very good and revealing exposition of Paul's letter to the church at Philippi.
Good overview of the letter, but a more thorough exegesis is needed as a supplement.
Good stuff - what every believer should know.
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D.A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Cana ...more
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