This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “Joy Appears,” which continues our celebration of Christmas and the joy that has appeared in Jesus our Messiah and Savior. In this second and final week of the series I take us through speedy exploration of themes of joy in Paul’s epistle to the Philippians. There is so much here!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
What is Joy?
A definition of joy
The difference between happiness and joy
Living with Joy in Prayer (Philippians 1:3-8)
Cultivating joy through prayer
Cultivating joy through gratitude for others
Living with Joy Because of the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-18; 2:19-30)
Experiencing joy in the Gospel we have received
Experiencing joy as the Gospel is proclaimed (even through wrong motives)
Experiencing the joy of the Gospel in us and through others
Living with Joy in Relation to Others (Philippians 2:1-4)
Cultivating joy in the imperfect Christian community
Cultivating joy as God makes us more like Jesus
Living with Joy Beyond Circumstances (Philippians 4:4, 10-13)
Choosing joy amidst trials
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize a verse from Philippians that stood out to you from this study. Write it on a notecard or make it your smartphone or computer background so you see it regularly.
- Set aside some time in prayer this week where you will specifically express gratitude to God. You may want to write things down as you pray so you remember what you’re thankful for afterwards.
- Express your appreciation or gratitude verbally or in written form to someone this week, whether a family member, a friend, a roommate, a classmate, or a work colleague.