Philippians and the Secret of Joy

Philippians and the Secret of Joy

One of the greatest Christian virtues is joy. Gaining joy is about reaching a sense of internal well-being that is not dependent on outward circumstances. When Paul wrote his letter to the church at Philippi he was in prison and yet every aspect of the epistle reflects the joy that he had found through his faith in Jesus Christ. During this series we will look the different ways in which Paul’s faith in Jesus contributed to this joy with the aim of discovering more about how our Christian faith can produce something similar within our lives.

In successive weeks we will see how joy is produced by seeing how God can bring good out of bad situations (Philippians 1), developing an attitude similar to that of Jesus (Philippians 2), sitting lightly to the human status markers (Philippians 3.1-11), being clear about the Christian hope (Philippians 3.12-21) and learning to relate well to others (Philippians 4.1-23).

1 March Seeing how God brings good out of bad Philippians 1 Ruth Henson
8 March An attitude like that of Jesus Philippians 2 Carolyn Lucas
15 March Sitting lightly to human status markers Philippians 3.1-11 Stephen Kuhrt
22 March Being clear on the Christian Hope Philippians 3.12-4.1 Nathan Larkin
29 March Learning to relate well to others Philippians 4.2-23 Tim Davis