Pursuing Christ - Finding Joy | A verse by verse study through Philippians.
The Joy of Contentment
Philippians 4:10-23 • August 26, 2018 • John Anderson
The Apostle Paul, writing from a Roman jail cell, shares with us the secrets of learning contentment in our lives. More money, more stuff . . . none of that will satisfy our discontent. In Christ, we can learn to live with contented hearts!
Joy in Peaceful Relationships
Philippians 4:1-9 • August 19, 2018 • John Anderson
Instead of squabbling, stressing, or sulking in our relationships with others, God desires for us to be at peace with all men. That is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit, as we let the Word of God rule in our heart. How's your heart today?
Joy in Christian Relationships
Philippians 4:1-9 • July 29, 2018 • John Anderson
The Christian life is meant to be lived alongside other believers, not on an island by ourselves. Many Christians have closer relationships with their brothers and sisters in Christ than they do even with blood relatives! We are bound together in Christ. Let's discover how we can be of the "same mind" in our relationships and what it will bring to the body of Christ.
Joy in Spiritual Maturity
Philippians 3:15-21 • July 22, 2018 • John Anderson
Are you growing in your Christian life? What in your life reveals that you are indeed growing? In this passage of scripture, Paul describes some things that are needed in our life if we are to be making progress on the journey to spiritual maturit
Joy in Living Victoriously
Philippians 3:8-14 • July 15, 2018 • John Anderson
The Apostle Paul reminds us that pursuing Christ is the goal that brings joy into our life. Knowing Christ intimately was his passion! Today we view that stance as radical, but in the eyes of our Savior and Lord, it is normal and produces joy and purpose.
The Joy of Real Righteousness
#9 - Philippians 3:1-14 • July 1, 2018 • John Anderson
One of the biggest purveyors of religion is Satan himself! He knows that religion will keep people from the "real thing" - a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul cautioned the believers in Philippi against those who would add to or take away from the simple message of the gospel.
The Joy of Serving
#8 - Philippians 2:19-30 • June 24, 2018 • John Anderson
The Apostle Paul was always good to mention folks who served and helped him in ministry. In this passage he records for us the help of two gentlemen named Timothy and Epaphroditus. Several characteristics of servanthood marked their life and help us know how to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ as well.
Don't Waste Your Life
#8 - Philippians 2:12-18 • June 17, 2018 • John Anderson
The Apostle Paul did not want to finish his course of life and find out that he had "run in vain" or "labored in vain." He spells out in this passage that we must cooperate with God and His Spirit as we "work out" our salvation with "fear and trembling."
#7 - Philippians 2:5-11 • June 10, 2018 • John Anderson
When Jesus came to earth in human form, His essence was put on display for us all to see. And what was His essence, His character? It was servanthood, humility, and caring enough for us that He would become sin for us. Oh, what a Savior!
Joy Either Way
#4 - Philippians 1:20-26 • May 13, 2018 • John Anderson
In Philippians 1:21 the Apostle Paul stated, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." What would be your answer to the question "For me to live is __________________" ? Many things vie for our affections and we try to achieve our joy in a lot of things that don't really matter in God's sight. Paul lets us know in all of his writings that Jesus Christ is all that he needs, and is the source of his joy and contentment.
Discovering Gospel Joy in Adversity
#3 - Philippians 1:12-20 • May 6, 2018 • John Anderson
It is easy for Christians to become victims when in deep trouble and adversity. But God desires to use our adversity to make us victors! The Apostle Paul found joy, not in his circumstances, but in the gospel.
Thank You for Joyful Fellowship
#2 - Philippians 1:1-11 • April 29, 2018 • John Anderson
Ten years after the planting of the church in Philippi, Paul writes a letter to them, expressing his thankfulness for the fellowship they enjoy in the gospel, and to remind them of their awesome potential to impact their world for Christ. What would others write about your life today that is bringing them joy and fellowship?