Staying Positive Under Pressure Through Submission (1 of 2) by Rick Ferguson

Rick E. Ferguson

Philippians 2:17-18

Once again we come to our expository study of the
book of Philippians. You will remember that this book
was written by the Apostle to the church at Philippi.
Paul was in prison at the time he wrote this very personal,
powerful, positive letter back to his friends at Philippi.

The occasion of the writing was an unexpected visit
b(y a representative of the church at Philippi to the imprisoned
apostle. The representative's name was Epaphroditus.
He carried a gift of money to Paul, which had been collected
among the Philippian believers. Paul wrote this letter
and sent it back with Epaphproditus when he returned
to his hometown of Philippi.

The letter contains expressions of Paul's gratitude
for the love gift received from the Philippian believers.
It is also a letter of encouragement and victory. Though
Paul was on death row, awaiting his final appeal before
Caesar, he was able to express great joy, great faith,
great courage and great victory in Christ.

Ex. In every chapter of the book (4 chapters) he
says at least once "I rejoice" or "I greatly rejoice."
He made statements like--"I have learned in
whatever state I am, in this to be content . (4:11)
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
me." (4:13) "My God shall supply all your needs according to his
riches If glory by Christ Jesus." (4:19)

Copyright< 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
All rights reserved. No portion of this
document be used in any form without
the written permission of the author. Bible
quotations are from the New International
Version unless otherwise indicated.

This book teaches us that, no matter how dreadful or
dreary the circumstances of our life may appear, we can
always find reasons for rejoicing. We can always find
reasons for thanksgiving. We can always find ways to
be happy in the Lord.

A key to Paul's victor ...

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