The Joy of Gospel Partnership

Philippians is sometimes called the ‘epistle of joy’ and it’s not hard to see why. Paul talks about joy 15 times in the letter. He calls the Philippians his ‘joy and crown’ (4:1). He calls on them to ‘rejoice in the Lord always.’ (4:4). He even boasts about their ‘overflowing joy’ to other believers (2 Cor 8:2).

But joy is not the main theme of Philippians. Paul’s focus is on the source of joy: true gospel partnership.

Paul had brought the good news about Jesus to the Philippians and so they had great affection for him. They expressed this by partnering with him in his gospel work. It is no wonder then that Paul starts his letter by expressing his love and thankfulness for them. He tells them, ‘I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.’ (1:4-5)

 This is why Paul was able to be joyful despite his circumstances. Paul wrote Philippians while locked up in a Roman cell, chained to a Roman soldier, facing a Roman execution. However, despite daily suffering and an uncertain future, he was able to rejoice! His relationship with Jesus and his partnership with the believers in Philippi gave him joy even though things were hard. And so in his letter, Paul urges the Philippians to rejoice in Jesus and in the gospel too, despite the pressures they are facing. He urges them to live a life that is ‘worthy of the gospel of Christ’ (1:27).

Join us as we take a slow graze through Philippians and discover the joy that is found in the gospel and in true gospel partnership.

20th January Philippians 1: 1 – 6 Partners in the Gospel
3rd February Philippians 1: 7 – 11 Partners in God’s Grace
10th February Philippians 1: 12 – 18a An Unstoppable Advance
17th February Philippians 1: 18b – 26 The Meaning of Life
3rd March Philippians 1: 27 – 2: 5 A Community worthy of the Gospel
10th March Philippians 2: 5 – 11 The Greatest Journey
24th March Philippians 2: 12 – 18 A Community that Stands Out
7th April Philippians 2: 19 – 30 Making your Life Count
14th April Philippians 3: 1 – 9 How to be Right all the Time
26th May Philippians 3: 10 – 16 How to Win what really Matters
2nd June Philippians 3: 17 – 4: 1 Be Careful who you Follow
23rd June Philippians 4: 1 – 5 Fixing a Broken Relationship
7th July Philippians 4: 6 – 9 The Antidote to Anxiety
14th July Philippians 4: 10 – 23 Transformed by the Gospel