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A Joyful Endurance

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A Joyful Endurance

Philippians 2:19-30

June 11, 2017

This chapter begins with an incredible call to emulate the humility and others-centered character of Christ (Phil 2:5-11). Paul now turns his readers’ attention to some very practical examples of this Christ-like character. First, he commends Timothy, who he describes “as a son” to him in his work and ministry (v. 22). Next, he speaks of the faithfulness of a dear brother named Epaphroditus. These two men—one well known and the other pretty obscure—provide a tangible expression of the sacrificial life Paul has been speaking of. The key to these friendships is not mutual affinity or even dedication to one another. Instead, what makes these friendships great is that they love Jesus more than anything else. It is this treasuring of Christ more than anything or anyone else that makes this friendships truly joy-filled. And so the apostle commends the Philippians to receive these men with joy, for they have pursued Christ above all.

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Philippians 2:1-18

June 4, 2017

The foundation of true joy is found in Christ Jesus. In this chapter the apostle Paul directs the attention of his readers to the profound significance of being united in Christ. Through this union we are to experience encouragement, joy, love, and humility (vv. 1-3), with everything ultimately pointing to the exaltation of King Jesus (vv. 9-11). From this foundation of our union with Christ, we are then called to “work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” (v. 12). This is the gracious invitation to participate in the process of sanctification, co-laboring with God through the power of his Spirit to grow and conform into the image of Christ himself. 

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Philippians 1:12-30

May 28, 2017

The apostle Paul finds himself writing this letter from prison. One might expect someone in such circumstances to be distraught or eagerly awaiting release, but not Paul. Instead, he concludes that what he has experienced has been for “the advance of the gospel” (v. 12).

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Philippians 1:1-11

May 21, 2017

The book of Philippians is considered to be one of the most encouraging of the apostle Paul’s letters, characterized by the concept of “joy” which occurs no less than 16 times. However, one must not confuse the focus on joy with the absence of hardship or suffering, for nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, what we find in this book is a call to pursue and experience joy in the midst of pain and suffering. 

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