A Joyful Journey with the Philippians

A Joyful Journey with the Philippians

Shortly after we start into Philippians, we find a verse that sets the tone for everything we’re about to read from the Apostle Paul. It says this in Philippians 1:3-7 (ESV):

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

The Gospel changes everything. Not the least of which was Paul himself.

In what is arguably the most exuberant book in the entire Bible, not only do we find Paul in jail under house arrest of the highest authorities in the Roman Empire, but somehow filled with a supernatural joy that only Christians can fully appreciate. Paul had been absolutely transformed by Jesus Christ, and so was the church in Philippi—the first of many churches in Europe.

As we will discover as we venture through the amazing book of Philippians, our hope for our Harvest family is that, together, we too will echo that same joy that rings so loud throughout this epistle. Because the reality is that, though, life can be discouraging and hard sometimes, when you choose God, it takes on a different flavor. And when you make Him the center of everything you do, then just like Paul states in Philippians 1:21, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” It does not matter what comes your way, because your reality is rooted in something else entirely. You are a Kingdom citizen, and the “secret” for how to live becomes ever-present and obvious. Which is why Paul can confidently say the following in Philippians 4:11-13 (ESV):

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

In other words, this profound letter will show us how to, first and foremost, become like Jesus and, secondly, like “all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons (Php. 1:1).

Now let’s choose to be like the Philippians, and fix our minds on, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, [and] if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” together (Php. 4:8).

SERIES IN REVIEW:

“Philippians Overview” (Philippians 1-4 + 4:10-23)November 26, 2023

“Rejoicing IN the Lord” (Philippians 4:2-9)November 19, 2023 

“Forward Movement” (Philippians 3:1-4:1)November 12, 2023 

“We Are Not Our Own” (Philippians 2:19-30) – November 5, 2023

“Therefore” (Philippians 2:12-18)October 29, 2023

“Name Above All Names” (Philippians 2:9-11)October 22, 2023

“Be Emptied” (Philippians 2:5-8)October 15, 2023

“And the Award for Humility Goes to …?” (Philippians 2:1-4)October 8, 2023 

“Kingdom Citizens” (Philippians 1:27-30)October 1, 2023 

“The Advance of the Gospel” (Philippians 1:1-26)September 24, 2023

“Let’s Be Like the Philippians” (Introduction)September 17, 2023