As we begin the new year, we also begin a new series this coming weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Unshackled: Joy Beyond Circumstances.” In a world at odds with itself, how do followers of Christ live with irrepressible joy in God? In this six-week series we will journey through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians to develop a theology of joy. We want to begin the year with the fullness of God’s joy in Jesus Christ.
In preparing for this series I have been reminded of how many well-loved verses are found in Philippians. Here are a few:
- “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (1:6).
- “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21).
- the hymn to Christ in 2:6-11
- “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you” (2:12-13).
- “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (2:15-16).
- “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ” (3:7).
- “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (3:12).
- “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (4:4).
It is that last verse which serves as a resounding theme of the letter of Philippians. Paul, writing this letter while imprisoned, illustrates through his own life that joy can exist regardless of our circumstances. Join us for this journey to joy as we begin 2018!