Seventeen times in his letter to the Philippians Paul uses the word “joy” or “rejoice” to describe both the current state of his heart and his hope for his readers. He then urges them to live lives of joy regardless of their present circumstances.
May we remember God and live a life of joy.
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
– Philippians 4:1
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a gift. Through this letter God provided the saints in first century Philippi with wisdom, perspective, encouragement, and so much more. In turn, millions of readers since have been similarly blessed, as God continues to use His Word to shape and to embolden His saints toward His ultimate aim, which is to bring glory to Himself.
Joy Happens Study Guide
Pastor James Granger wrote this study guide in the midst of uncertainty, sorrow, fear, and pain of his youngest son battling cancer. He encourages us to remember God’s peace and mercy, accepting that in the midst of life’s uncertainty; joy happens. Here are a few ways you can get it:
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