Joy and happiness are craved by our society and how to get them is fast becoming an industry in itself! Raj continues our series on Philippians and considers how joy and happiness in life are possible. Even from a first-century prison cell, Paul's letter speaks powerfully to us today about Jesus, the source of true joy.
The Bible teacher John Stott once said, 'pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend'. In this outstanding and challenging passage from the letter to the Philippians, Paul tells the church that they can look to the example of Jesus in order to know what true humility looks like in the Christian life.
It's passages like this that remind us that the New Testament was written by real people in very real-world situations. In the Christian life, friendship is neither an optional extra nor a waste of time. Here we see three friends on a mission together, serving others and knowing Jesus more.
The letter to the Philippians teaches us to rejoice in hope. Christians have a hope that is outside of themselves, which means we can be even more confident. Lou helps us to see that rejoicing in hope means a personal choice, firm foundations, vision and our thought life.
For Paul to write from his prison cell the words, 'Do everything without grumbling.' is quite amazing and reminds us that we can be content in knowing Jesus, serving others and being a light that shines in the darkness. Soroush helps us apply this truth to our lives, to the church and to Teesside.