I am eager to begin our four-month study through the Book of Philippians. We start this sermon series this Sunday!
The Apostle Paul was no stranger to emotional stress. Giving his life away for gospel ministry landed him in prison, and yet all he could talk about was the need to rejoice. We will go through this book to see the secrets of the joy-filled Christian.
The subtitle is “Finding Joy Right Where You Are.” The graphic tells that story. The prison bars on the left remind of us where Paul was where he wrote it. The location marker at the bottom right is the icon that helps your phone locate your current position. The concept is that if Paul could find joy in prison, we should be able to find joy no matter where we are.
If joy is contingent upon moving to a different place of experiencing a difference of circumstances, our joy is not in Jesus.
Here is the weekly breakdown below. If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to join us on a Sunday.
- February 9, 2020 – God Will Finish What He Started [Phil. 1:1-11] – God began a good work in you, and He never leaves anything unfinished. While you are not there yet, He will gradually help you make progress.
- February 16, 2020 – Even Suffering Can’t Slow Down the Gospel [Phil. 1:12-18] – While we often think that suffering will serve as a blockade towards spiritual growth, it is often the vehicle. Realize that God may want to use that which you want to remove.
- February 23, 2020 – The Reason You Are Still Alive [Phil. 1:19-26] – While heaven might be your desired destination, the earth is your current situation. If you still have life left in you, God has more left for you to do.
- March 1, 2020 – Why Isolated Christianity Doesn’t Work [Phil. 1:27-30] – A significant portion of following Jesus is the manner in which we follow Him together. As part of the Church, we are to make our lives count for Kingdom work in unison with one another.
- March 8, 2020 – Stop Being So Selfish [Phil. 2:1-4] – The path to unity is not waiting on everyone else to align themselves to you. Fight against personal selfishness and work toward humble servanthood.
- March 15, 2020 – Just Be Like Jesus [Phil. 2:5-11] – Jesus never attempted to advance a personally painless agenda but gave of Himself for our benefit. If the magnificent Jesus can humble Himself so much for our sake, what excuse can we reasonably provide?
- March 22, 2020 – Who Is Responsible for My Spiritual Growth? [Phil. 2:12-13] – When it comes to the work of our salvation and sanctification, who is ultimately responsible? Scripture indicates that God works hard through our hard work.
- March 29, 2020 – Stop Your Whining [Phil. 2:14-18] – If we want to make a difference in the world, we must avoid sounding just like the world. We are called to rid ourselves of complaining as we follow Jesus.
- April 5, 2020 – Good Gospel Friends [Phil. 2:19-30] – Since Paul couldn’t personally gather with the church of Philippi, he planned on sending two individuals who epitomized reliable, gospel companions. We need to have good gospel friends, and we need to be good gospel friends to others.
- April 12, 2020 – Knowing Christ Is Better Than Anything Else [Phil. 3:1-11] – Paul had plenty of room to boast in religious, familial, and personal accomplishments, but it was nothing compared to knowing Jesus. The opportunity to know the resurrected Christ is greater than anything else this world offers.
- April 19, 2020 – Keep On Keeping On [Phil. 3:12-16] – Christian maturity is a matter of progression instead of perfection. As we follow Jesus, we gradually grow closer to Him in our personal discipleship.
- April 26, 2020 – I Pledge Allegiance [Phil. 3:17-21] – As we live our lives on the earth, we are never to forget that our citizenship is in heaven. Ultimately, we belong to another King and another Kingdom.
- May 3, 2020 – When God’s People Don’t Get Along [Phil. 4:1-3] – In any family, conflict is unavoidable, but, in the family of God, it must be dealt with, or else the church will suffer. Paul singles out two disagreeing church members and instructs us all how to reconcile when conflict comes.
- May 10, 2020 – When Anxiety Attacks [Phil. 4:4-9] – Making a stance for joy is waging a war against worry. Scripture clearly teaches what a disciple should do when anxiety attacks.
- May 17, 2020 – I Can Do All Things Through Him Who Contents Me [Phil. 4:10-13] – This passage of Scripture is one of the most quoted and most misinterpreted sections of Scripture. The secret of the Christian life is learning how to live it out regardless of our circumstances.
- May 24, 2020 – The Church That Shares Troubles – [Phil. 4:14] – As Paul suffered in prison, he was able to endure partly due to the church sharing in his troubles. The people of God should be known for their willingness to walk alongside those who are in great need.
- May 31, 2020 – How God Supplies Every Need [Phil. 4:15-23] – In Paul’s final remarks, he recognized the church’s maturity due to their willingness to meet the needs of others. God often supplies our needs through the help of one another.