Posts in Rejoice (series)
Philippians 2:19-30 || Godly Examples

Rejoice - A Study of Philippians | In vs 15 of chapter 2 Paul says we live in a crooked and twisted generation, but amongst this generation we are to shine as lights. Beginning in vs 19 it feels like Paul then puts this thought on hold and tells the Philippians, “Oh, by the way, there’s been a change in plans.” But as one commentator said, in these verses, Paul “moves from instructions and imperatives to living illustrations.” Paul sets forth Timothy and Epaphroditus as examples of godliness and how to shine in this world. And at the end of this passage, he reminds us to '“receive them with joy and honor them”.

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Philippians 2:12-18 || Rejoice and Be Glad with Me

Rejoice - A Study of Philippians | How are we to understand what Paul says here in vs 12; ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’? The key is to ensure this command is placed within the proper context and order of the whole letter of Philippians. Prior to and after this verse, Paul repeatedly makes clear that salvation is begun and completed by God, through the finished works of Christ. But we, children of God, are to shine as lights in this dark world, and therefore, we have a responsibility to actively pursue holiness in our lives.

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Philippians 2:1-11 || Humility

Rejoice - A Study of Philippians | As we are transformed by the gospel, our lives will align with the Truth and we will be unified with other believers, having the same mind. One way our unified lives affirm gospel truth is the fruit of humility and putting others ahead of ourselves. But how do we, a people bent towards selfishness, live humbly? As Martyn Lloyd Jones once said, humility is not achieved by following a to-do list, rather, it’s by looking at the Lord Jesus, who is the perfect example of humility.

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Philippians 1:12-18 || The Advance of the Gospel

Rejoice - A Study of Philippians | In verses 12-18 Paul further elaborates on why he can rejoice, despite his imprisonment. The reason is because God is using Paul’s suffering to advance the gospel. In this section of Philippians, we are reminded of the incredible truth that God is bigger, and He can, and will, use man’s efforts to suppress the gospel to actually advance it. This is both a challenging and encouraging reminder that God uses the suffering and tough circumstances we endure to spread His Kingdom.

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Philippians 1:1-11 | Grace and Peace

Rejoice - A Study of Philippians | Paul references the theme of joy sixteen times in his letter to the Philippians. This is remarkable considering he was imprisoned at the time he penned this letter. How do we, like Paul, find joy in the midst of trials and suffering? The answer is rooted in the gospel, a word Paul uses more often in this letter than any of his others. In this first sermon to our Philippians study we draw out 4 truths about the gospel from these opening verses.

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