Posted by occwebsite
01st Jan 2021

We are getting ready to journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

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. As we go through this letter, we see some of the resources for the joy-filled Christian.

The subtitle for this series 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.

If Paul could find joy in prison, we can 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.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to live in this letter and let it live in us because what Paul wants his hearers to do in this letter is to learn to think differently, to think in the Jesus way. There is a lot in this letter about a whole new way to think:

  • to think wisely,
  • to think discerningly,
    about God, about Jesus, and about ourselves.

Let me encourage you to listen/watch while we are unable to meet in-person. Read and interact with the study notes. Join a zoom group to explore this some more.