If you would like to be more joyful, and for your church to be more joyful, these seven studies in the book of Philippians will show you how to live with hope no matter what your circumstances. Written from a prison cell by a man with an uncertain immediate future, Philippians is a torrent of joy, with its source in the wonderful gospel. Study Philippians to discover how to shine with joy.
"Rejoice in the Lord always..." (Philippians 4 v 4)
God never commands us to do what he does not enable us to do. So through Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, God both tells us to rejoice and gives us great reason to rejoice-whatever we are facing in life.
We live in a world of stress and anxiety that all too easily and subtly can steal the peace of God from our hearts. We need an abundant, overflowing joy to flood our souls. The book of Philippians was written for that very purpose-to point us to that joy. Paul focuses our attention on the gospel, and shows us how to grow in holiness, in order to help us rejoice always.
So in these seven studies, you can look forward to learning more and experiencing more of the fullness of what God has prepared for his people, so that you may enjoy shining "as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life" (2 v 15-16)
Steven J. Lawson is President of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to bring about biblical reformation in the church today and the Professor of Preaching in the masters and doctoral programs at The Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, California.