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The Mission of the Church in Philippians 2:12-18

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Paul in Philippians 1:12-2:11 reveals an extraordinary interest in the dissemination of the gospel through his converts, and portrays the spread of the gospel as a general Christian activity. Moreover, Paul's emphasis on the advancement of the gospel is accompanied throughout Philippians 1 with a striking accent on the activity of Christ and God in the church's mission. This chapter explores Paul's practical application to the Philippians of the example of Christ Jesus portrayed in the Christ hymn (2:5-11). Close study of this passage discloses both the Jewish character of Paul's thought in Philippians, and the role of interpretation of scripture in Paul's understanding, and thus illumines Paul's rich theology of church and mission. In Paul's thought, the mission activity of the Philippians is the fruit of their participation in Christ and his Spirit through the gospel.

Keywords: Christ hymn; Christ Jesus; church; God; mission; Paul; Philippians 2:12-18

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