At the heart of Philippians is the message "Rejoice in the Lord." Philippians chapter three is really a reminder that Jesus is enough. If you have less than Jesus you don't have enough. If you have more than Jesus you have too much. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
It's good to hear a spiritual principle explained, but it's better to see it lived out. That is basically what Phil. 2:1-8 entails. The philosophy of "Joy in Loving" is explained but then Paul adds a face to the teaching in showing them Jesus practicing "Joy in Loving."
In this service, we highlight the special nature of serving as a deacon. In Philippians 1:1, Paul names "deacons" as part of God's plan for the church. In the verses that follow, Paul thanks the Christians for their work and remembers their service in the Lord together, which we connect to "joy."
At the heart of missions is the nature of God. God first loved us. God first gave to us. When we follow him by faith we want to give what is pleasing to him. In this lesson, Lenin Munguia offers us encouragement for giving toward our annual Great Commission Sunday with a reminder of these principles from 2 Samuel 24:18-25, Phil. 2:5-11 and Rom. 15:16.
The theme of Philippians is "joy." That being the case, we shouldn't be surprised that Paul's last words of this book (Phil. 4:14-19) are about joy too. But the last, great lesson on joy in Philippians is a lesson about "the joy of giving." We normally don't associate "giving" with "joy" but Paul did. In this lesson we notice some tangible ways to better appreciate how there really is joy in giving as Paul uses the gift of the Philippians as a lesson for us today.
One of the most memorable verses in the Bible is often not clearly understood. Phil. 4:13 is not the motivation to win the game or run a race. It can be, but it's much, much more. It's really about persevering through trials and struggles to be able to do what God has asked you to do. And when you fail at that, it is the calm reassurance Jesus will cover for you.
In Philippians 4:4 Paul gives a command, not a suggestion. The key word in this verse is "always." In this lesson, we discuss how to do that even during times when we don't feel like.
Unfortunately, peace is rare. Whether it be the nations, our country or even our churches, there is typically division and disputes. In Philippians 4:1-3, Paul steps in to try to resolve a conflict with two women. But, in doing so, he shows us a lasting process to follow to help bring about peace if we desire to be a peacemaker.
The saddest person in the world is a discouraged Christian. Yet, discouragement happens to all. In Phil. 3:12-21, Paul gives a series of instructions to help Christians overcome discouragement and fulfill God's plan for them to keep moving forward!
The message of Philippians is the Christian life is "joyful" and, therefore, we should "rejoice." The Christian life is the best of all lives to live, but sometimes there are things that "rob" us of the joy of Christianity. In Phil. 3:1-11, Paul warns us about those things.