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How to Enjoy the People You Know (3 of 20)
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
Philippians 1: 3-8
(A) .... Series .... STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY (the journey of life) .... a study of the book of Philippians.
1- Bible says .... Neh. 8:10 "... the joy of the Lord is your strength."
a- Paul .... the writer of the book of Philippians .... knew that.
b- He was strong in his journey of life because no matter what his situation was .... he knew the joy of the Lord.
c- Paul is sitting in a Roman prison and he writes a letter to his favorite church .... the year is about AD 62 .... Paul had founded the church about 10 years earlier .... around AD 52.
d- Paul is awaiting trial before the Roman emperor -- Caesar .... he is chained between 2 Roman guards .... facing certain death, living in less than ideal conditions.
e- Yet the theme of this letter that he writes to these people that he loved so much is JOY .... overwhelming joy!
f- That's why Paul had strength for the journey of his life .... because he knew the joy of the Lord.
2- It was a joy that grew out of his personal relationship with Jesus Christ .... that allowed him to enjoy who he was .... to be at peace with the Lord and himself.
a- In expressing his joy to these people that were so close to his heart .... Paul began by showing them --
(1) How to have joy in your relationship with yourself
(I.E.... How to enjoy being who you are) .... Vs. 1-2.
... Then, like peeling an onion, Paul goes a little deeper and shows us:
(2) How to have joy in your relationship with others
(I.E. ... How to enjoy the people you know)....Vs. 3-8.
.... This is what we'll look at together today.
.... Next week, Paul will go even deeper .... to the core .... the most important of all relationships as he shows us:
(3) How to have joy in your relationship with t ...
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