founded the Church at Philippi on his second missionary journey. We live in a different time
and we’re immersed in a different culture than 1st century Christendom, but we still struggle as they did.
Philippi was a Roman colony governed by Roman laws and subject to Roman rule.
Nero was emperor of Rome and hated Christians. No doubt, the believers in the
Church at Philippi were living in fear as they heard about Christians being imprisoned
and savagely killed. Paul surely heard about their dilemma and wrote to
encourage them in their faith and to help them find joy in the midst of it all.
are also immersed in a dark world surrounded by evil and chaos. It’s easy to be
consumed by worry, anxiety, and fear. But here’s the thing: fear and joy cannot
dwell together in our hearts. God wants us to experience fullness of joy, so He
offered us this incredible letter Paul penned centuries ago. If we are careful
to apply the principles in this book, I’m sure we will emerge on the other side
with more joy and less anxiety. This six-week study will offer us great
insight into the brightened world of joy –
a place where every Christian should live.
The 6-week outline for this study is as follows:
Week 1: Paul and the Beloved Philippians
Week 2: All for Christ
Week 3: To Please God
Week 4: Sweet Smelling Sacrifices
Week 5: Admirable Ambition
Week 6: Peace and Contentment