In this great book of Philippians (key verse being 1:21) we will learn of the wonderful, joyful life that we have in Jesus Christ and how this joyful life can change who we are day today.
For instance, in the opening words, Paul spills and overflows with joy and thanksgiving which then blossoms into prayer. We can be the same--even in the midst of conflict and tension. We will benefit from this practical study of Philippians and end with even greater Joy Full Christian living.
Paul wrote from a dark place a letter of bright joy. In the midst of threatening circumstances, chained to a Roman guard, Paul taught us the intricacies of knowing joy. And it gets better. There is a mood in this introduction that is quite refreshing. In fact, the mood blossoms into a wonderful heart-felt prayer. If you ever wondered what a joy-filled Christian prays for, well... here it is.
Are you waiting for something to change before you can know joy? Do not wait until something goes away, or until someone goes away… joy is for today, right now! Joy happens when our lives are in God’s hands… no matter what. In Paul’s optimistic letter, he names three very typical things that can take our joy away and says, “No way!”. Deep-seated joy and contentment are available in life, even in the midst of chaos. Be encouraged, there is “joy, no matter what!”.
We have already learned that we can have complete joy even through troubling circumstances, when feeling opposition, or through the horrible uncertainty of future events. Now Paul encourages us to keep our head down, remain committed to the Lord and leave the details to him. Enjoy the fullness of joy in Jesus by remaining committed.
Life feeling a little heavy? It certainly can feel that way. But in the
midst of life's dark challenges, Paul speaks profound truths of joy and helps us stay securely on track in our walk with the Lord. Let's be encouraged.
Today’s title is also the unusual title of Francis Schaeffer’s classic 1970s book. And its use today is well-timed. After the brilliant Jesus text of Philippians 2:9-11, Paul could easily have launched into an alluring liturgy of praise and prayer. But no. Instead, Paul followed the intense humility of Jesus and his sacrificial death passage with several practical Christian admonitions. So here they are--three areas of focus on “How Should We Then Live?”.
God has always valued relationship, and Paul clearly valued relationships as well as we see in his letter to the Philippians. Following both Paul’s teachings and example, we can also learn to better (and intentionally) value our relationships with people around us. Let’s express our Paul-likeness and invest ourselves into the lives of others.
We may be privileged with an honorable name, with a rare accomplishment, with a unique talent; however and horribly, we may think that those bring us worth. Not true. That which brings worth is
available to us all equally. Enjoy the Bible passage today and be free
from fake worth to authentic worth in Jesus.
How can we all deep down (and above all else) desire to “strain forward and press on toward the goal” of the prize of Jesus Christ, when to often we actually do not want to? Pauls shows us how. Let’s begin by asking God to give us a desire to know Jesus and to walk with him like we
have never before.
Will be posted Tuesday 5 March
While Philippians is full of fantastic truth (Jesus is our life- 1:21, he is our example- 2:5-8, he is our goal 3:13-14, and he is our sufficiency- 4:6-7), the benefits can be sabotaged by our thoughts. Today’s lesson teaches us the value and consequences of our thought life. What’s at stake for thinking about the right things? Our lives.
Will be posted Tuesday 12 March
Our special guest today is Pastor Ron Markoff, Pastor Ron is the director of Venture Church Network, Mid Atlantic, a 7 state network of Churches, of which we are a member. Pastor Ron has over 40 years ministry experience, comes to us from Eastern PA.
Will be posted Tuesday 19 March
In the closing remarks of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he encourages them in their generosity and the value of their gifts to him. But thats not all. He also assures them, out of God’s generosity, that God will supply all their needs. And as countless Christian men and woman would testify “you cannot out give God”. Let’s wrap up Philippians with a lesson on giving.