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Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) .... Series .... STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY (the journey of life) .... 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- Paul had strength for the journey .... because he knew the joy of the Lord .... Paul had joy no matter what his situation happened to be.
c- Paul .... held by Romans under house arrest .... chained between 2 Roman guards 24 hours a day .... 7 days a week!
d- Waiting to appear before Caesar .... Nero (who hated Christians) .... so Paul is facing certain death, barring a miracle.
2- Yet, the theme of this letter to the people he loves is JOY....
.... no preoccupation on his situation -- just exuberant joy!
.... This joy grew out of Paul's relationship with Jesus .... It was a joy that caused Paul to define His Purpose in Life (Chapter 1).
.... That joy also allowed Paul to do the same thing you can do with the joy of the Lord:
a- Enjoy Your Relationship with Yourself .... Vs. 1-2
b- Enjoy Your Relationship with Others .... Vs. 3-8
c- Enjoy Your Relationship with the Lord .... Vs. 9-11
d- Enjoy Your Situation ........Vs. 12-20
e- Enjoy Handling Death ...... Vs. 21-26
3- Ultimately, however, to enjoy living out your purpose .... you must Be Real .... Paul concludes by discussing all the implications of living out your purpose in life by showing us -- HOW TO BE REAL (Vs. 27-30).
In ancient China, the people desired security from the barbaric hordes to the north. So they built the Great Wall of China. It was too high to climb over, too thick to break down, and too long to go around. Security achieved!
The only problem was that during the first hundred years of the wall's existence, China ...
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