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No Joy in Division

Scripture: Philippians 1:15-18 I. There is no joy in division from other Christians. A. The division between Christians in Philippi has to do with team anti-Paul preaching Christ from envy and rivalry. For some reason, they were jealous of Paul (vs. 15). These people are still proclaiming Christ. Paul then approves of their message. But…

Suffering Well

Scripture: Philippians 1:13-14 I. Suffering well honors God by giving us opportunity to speak of Jesus. A. Paul writes about God’s design for his suffering in vs. 13. Paul told the guards why he was in prison. He was in prison only because of Jesus. Paul could not stop talking about Jesus. The guards not…

Jesus is in Control

Scripture: Philippians 1:12-26 I. Jesus is in control of my past. A. In Phil. 1:12, Paul talks about his past: “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” How Paul made his way to a Roman jail is described in the Bible book of…

Grow in Joy

Scripture: Philippians 1:8-11 The Love of Christ “I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more. . . “ (v8-9) We love because of ChristWe love like Christ “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love…

The Joy of Sure

I. You can be sure of heaven because salvation is a work of God from first to last. A. Notice the subject of the sentence in verse 6: He. And the he refers to God. God began the good work of salvation in their lives. And what God begins, He will finish. What happened to…

The Joy of With

I. You have joy in being united with Jesus. A. Jesus is, of course, the leader of the whole church around the world. What does it mean that we are in Christ Jesus (vs. 1)? We are in Christ Jesus in that we are united with Jesus. We have been washed clean in His blood.…

The Foundation of Joy

Philippians 1:1-2                 You must be a saint in Christ Jesus “To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi . . .” (v1) “even as (God) chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption…

Easter Means Joy

Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10 I. Easter means the joy of life beyond the grave for you. A. Mary Magdalene and another Mary were on their way before dawn to see the tomb where Jesus had been placed (vs. 1). But they were in for a surprise when they reached the tomb. An angel told them that…

Joy in the darkness | Good Friday Service

John 16:16-22 We can have joy in the darkness because the darkness is temporary “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” (v16) “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day…