Discovering Joy

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 Pt. 2

Philippians 3:1-10 • July 8, 2018 • John Anderson

Here is the second part of a message that describes what real righteousness looks like and how it produces joy in the life of a Christian. It's not how man sees us that matters, but how God sees us in Christ!

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."

Descending Joyfully

#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!

The Joy Of Unity

#6 - Philippians 2:1-7 • June 3, 2018 • John Anderson

There's no doubt about it, God desires that we be in unity in all of our relationships, and to be "like-minded" as fellow believers. How do we develop the servant's mind that Jesus demonstrated in His dealings with others?

Joy Under Fire

#5 - Philippians 1:27-30 • May 20, 2018 • John Anderson

In a day of ease and personal comfort, it's easy for Christians to forget that living for Jesus requires that we pay a price. We're not ready to really live until we learn what's worth dying for!

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?