THERE IS ALWAYS JOY! Paul was in prison. The Jesus believers at Philippi were facing increasing persecution. Add to that an undercurrent of personal disagreements and division in the fellowship, and things were t looking very bright. Yet Paul said, Rejoice in the Lord always. There is always joy, and in his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul shows us how to find it. Joy saturates this letter. It shows up in unexpected turnarounds in the midst of difficult circumstances. It is found in kwing Jesus in His humble, self-giving servanthood, in the power of His resurrection - and even in the fellowship of His suffering. It is discovered as together we pursue the Jesus-shaped life. In this book you will also learn about:
God's blessing of favor and total well-being
How divine humility is divine greatness
The power of God at work in you to both desire and do His good pleasure
The attitude that can fill you with joy
The attitude that can rob you of joy
The joy of heaven on earth
How to replace worry with divine peace
Paul's secret to contentment in all things
These are bite-size studies to help guide you through Paul's letter, a little at a time. At the end of each study are focus questions to help you think further about the truths Paul brings. They are open-ended questions to allow for maximum personal reflection and group discussion.
JEFF DOLES is a Christian writer, blogger and Bible teacher. His books include The Focus of Our Faith, Keeping the Faith When Things Get Tough, The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, Personal Confessions from the Psalms, God's Word in Your Mouth, Praying With Fire and Healing Scriptures and Prayers. He and his wife Suzanne live near Tampa, FL.