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Congregational Evangelism in Philippians: The Centrality of an Appeal for Gospel Proclamation to the Fabric of Philippians (Mark J Keown) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2009) 9781606084755
Congregational Evangelism in Philippians: The Centrality of an Appeal for Gospel Proclamation to the Fabric of Philippians (Mark J Keown) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2009) 9781606084755
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Title: Congregational Evangelism in Philippians: The Centrality of an Appeal for Gospel Proclamation to the Fabric of Philippians

Author: Keown, Mark J

Publisher: Wipf and Stock; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9781606084755

Volumes: 1; Pages: 382

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Did Paul want his congregations to pick up the ministry of evangelism or did he envisage himself and other 'specialist' proclaimers continuing the ministry of the gospel? Dr. Keown begins by outlining the contours of differing responses to this question ranging from exclusively 'specialist' evangelism to believers' full participation in evangelic mission. He then explores the question through exegetical analysis of Philippians. He argues persuasively that one essential element of the rhetorical appeal of the letter is an injunction to the believers in Philippi to continue to preach the gospel with renewed unity and in the face of pagan opposition. He suggests that Paul envisaged 'specialist proclaimers' leading the evangelical mission and equipping 'general believers' to share the gospel as one dimension of living in the world.Table of Contents Preface xv Acknowledgements xvii Abbreviations xix Chapter 1 General Introduction 1 The Current State of the Discussion 2 Those That See the Church as Responsive in Terms of Proclamatory Evangelism 3 Those That See the Church as Proactive in Terms of Proclamatory Evangelism 13 Conclusion to this Discussion 28 Methodology 29 Assumptions 34 Definitions 35 Chapter 2 Introduction to Philippians 37 Initial Exegetical Issues 37 The Authorship of Philippians 37 The Integrity of Philippians 39 Date and Place of Composition 42 Genre 47 Issues at Play in Philippians 53 Paul's Situation 54 The Situation in Philippi 56 The recipients 56 Intersecting dimensions of the Philippian church 58 A Church Paul is Generally Pleased With 58 A Church Concerned for Paul's Situation Materially and Generally 59 A Church Experiencing Opposition 59 A Church Experiencing a Degree of Internal Contention 62 A Church With a Degree of Joylessness 63 A Church that Needs Hope: The Importance of Eschatology and Encouragement in Philippians 63 A Church in Need of Corrected Thinking 64 The Centrality of Ethical Witness, Prayer and Financial Support for Mission in Philippians 65 The Centrality of the Gospel Mission to the Texture of Philippians? 66 Conclusion 70 Chapter 3 Paul's Delight at Others Proclaiming the Gospel in Rome (1:14-18a) 71 Paul's Delight at Roman Christians Who Have Responded to His Imprisonment with Evangelism (1:14) 73 The Brothers of 1:14: General Christians or Co-Workers? 75 Paul's Delight that the Gospel is Preached Despite False Motives (1:15-18a) 86 The Identity of the <$$$> ('some') of 1:15 86 The Nature and Setting of the Two Groups 91 The Nature of Paul's Attitude, Joy that the Gospel is Proclaimed 95 The Use of <$$$> Constructions in Paul 96 The Rhetorical Impact on the Philippians 102 Conclusion to 1:14-18a 105 Chapter 4 Evangelistic Aspects of Contending for the Faith of the Gospel (1:27-30) 107 Corporate Evangelism in Philippi ('for the Faith of the Gospel') 109 The Meaning of <$$$> in 1:27 109 The Meaning of <$$$> in 1:27 113 The Evangelistic Context for the Suffering of 1:28-30 117 Conclusion to 1:27-30 123 Chapter 5 Unified Ethical Witness and Proactive Evangelism (2:14-16a) 125 Missiological Disunity in Philippi (2:14) 126 Direct Appeals for Missiological Endeavour Including Evangelism (2:15-16a) 128 An Appeal for Blameless Ethical Witness in Unbelieving Philippi (2:15) 128 Hold Forth the Word of Life to this Generation (2:16a) 135 The Relationship of the Participle to the Previous 135 The Meaning of <$$$> 136 The Question of Context 139 The Meaning of <$$$> 140 Conclusion to 2:16a 145 Conclusion to 2:14-16a 146 Chapter 6 The Evangelistic Content of the Examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus (2:19-30) 148 The Positive Example of the Co-Worker Timothy (2:19-23) 151 The Positive Example of the 'Apostle' Epaphroditus (2:25-30) 158 Evangelism and the Five-Fold Appellaton Concerning Epaphroditus 161 Brother <$$$> 162 Co-Worker <$$$> 162 Fellow-Soldier <$$$> 168 Apostle <$$$> 170 Apostle in Ephesians 4:11-16 177 Conclusions to Apostle 183 Minister <$$$> to My Needs (<$$$>) 184 Conclusion to Epaphroditus 185 Conclusion to 2:19-30 186 Chapter 7 Evangelistic Disunity in the Philippian Church (4:1-3) 187 A Call to Steadfastness (4:1) 188 Paul's Appeal to Correct Mission-Disunity in Philippi (4:2-3) 189 The Nature of the Involvement of Euodia and Syntyche in the Gospel Mission 193 The Nature of the Problem 203 The Implications of the Reference to Co-Workers 205 Conclusion to 4:2-3 205 Chapter 8 Thanksgiving for the Philippian Involvement in Evangelistic Mission (1:3-7) 206 The Content of 'Your Fellowship in the Gospel' (1:5) 208 The Meaning of <$$$> in 1:5 208 Paul's Use <$$$> in 1:5 210 Paul's Use of <$$$> in 1:5 211 Synthesis: Paul Use of <$$$> in 1:5 211 Conclusion to 1:5 215 The Content of <$$$> in 1:6 216 The Good Work of Redemption 217 The Good Work of the Philippian Involvement in the Gospel 218 Parallelism in the Structure of 1:5-7 221 Conclusion to 1:6 223 The Content of <$$$> in 1:7 224 Preliminary Exegetical Questions 224 The Nature of Grace in 1:7 227 Salvation Grace 228 Suffering Grace 229 Giving Grace 229 Mission Grace 229 Conclusion to 1:7 230 Conclusion to 1:5-7 231 Chapter 9 Imitation and Proclamation (4:9) 233 The Evangelistic Content of the Appeal for Emulation (4:9) 235 Proclamation in Other References to Imitation in the Pauline Epistles 243 1 Corinthians 11:1 243 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8 250 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 260 Conclusion to Other References 266 Conclusion to 4:9 266 Chapter 10 Conclusion and Implications 268 Conclusions 268 Congregational Evangelism in Philippians 268 Philippians 1:14-18A 269 Philippians 1:27-30 269 Philippians 2:14-16A 270 Philippians 2:19-30 271 Philippians 4:2-3 271 Philippians 1:5-7 272 Philippians 4:9 272 The Broader Question: Congregational Evangelism in the Pauline Epistles? 274 Implications for Practice 279 Limitations and Future Research 280 Appendix 1 The Connection Between Evangelism and the Military Metaphor in Paul 282 Military Metaphor and Paul's Ministry 282 Military Metaphor and the Gospel Ministry of Others 285 Ephesians 6 and Evangelism 286 Your Feet Fitted with the Readiness that Comes from the Gospel of Peace (Eph 6:15) 288 The Sword of the Spirit, Which is the Word of God (6:17) 292 Conclusion 296 Appendix 2 The Connection Between Evangelism and the Athletic Metaphor in Paul 297 Appendix 3 Evangelistic Nuances to the 'Christ-Hymn' (Phil 2:5-11) 301 Assumptions Concerning the Christ-Hymn 301 The Evangelistic Framework and Dimensions of the Christ-Example 303 Mission Dimensions of the Christ-Hymn 304 The <$$$> Clause of 2:10: Result and Purpose 307 The Evangelistic Nuance of <$$$> 309 Conclusion 311 Bibliography 312 Scripture Index 333 Modern Authors Index 353
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