Philippians

Radical Joy: "Press On"

Edmund Brooks

Have you ever finished a really long race? Maybe it was a 10k or a half-marathon. When you were trying to motivate yourself to finish it, did you look back to where you previously where or did you look forward? In this chapter Paul reminds us to look forward to what God has in store for us who finish the race.

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Radical Joy: "Learn By Example"

Edmund Brooks

Do you ever wish that you had someone to show you how to do spiritual things? Your Christian walk, like most things in life would benefit if someone was modeling spiritual essentials to you. In this section, Paul gives us good examples to follow.

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Radical Joy: "Unfinished Business"

Edmund Brooks

If we were asked to choose between life and death, the answer would be pretty obvious for most of us. I don’t want to die so if I have the option I will choose to live. In this section of his letter, Paul hits us with a “not-so-fast” and gives us a lot of things to think about when considering our own mortality.

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Radical Joy: "Jesus is All That Matters"

Edmund Brooks

Have you ever been mocked for your faith? Have you ever found yourself in a situation being embarrassed because of what you believe? In this section we will see why Paul is not embarrassed or frustrated by his current persecution.

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THE GOOD STUFF: Joy Together

November 23, 2014Randy Christian

We know a lot about happiness–at least, about trying to be happy. We think we deserve it. We recognize each other’s right to have it. We spend our lives chasing happiness. But happiness doesn’t last. Joy does. There is a big difference, and Paul tells us how to have the real thing.

THE GOOD STUFF: Citizenship

November 16, 2014Randy Christian

Paul was a Jew–and a leading Pharisee at that. He was also a Roman–holding a citizenship that literally saved his life on several occasions. Paul used these credentials when they helped further the gospel, but his real prize was his citizenship in heaven. He understood what that meant, and was willing to rid himself of anything that would keep him from living as a citizen of God’s Kingdom.

THE GOOD STUFF: Credentials

November 9, 2014Randy Christian

Our society–and often people in the church itself–values being “good”. That usually means thinking “I’m good enough”. But the reality is, none of us has anything to brag about–our credentials don’t impress God. Our “righteousness” is an illusion. No one is good, much less good enough–except Jesus. The amazing thing is, he “gives”, us his righteousness!

THE GOOD STUFF: God Isn't Finished!

October 12, 2014Randy Christian

As we begin our study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Paul greets his readers and reminds them that God is working in them–and that he will continue to do that work until he has completed it! We need to be aware of God’s work in us as well–and know that, regardless of how we feel, God isn’t finished with us yet!