by Ernest Easley

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Philippians 1:6 (4 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
May 14, 1997

We're learning these Wednesday nights from the book of Philippeans about joy! Joy is the flag that flies above the castle of your heart announcing that the king is in residence! And I pray God that your flag is flying high this week letting our community know that real joy ... continual joy ... lasting joy is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

Paul said in Philippeans 4.11, "... for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content." It was something Paul had learned! And don't think he learned it by attending Wednesday night Bible study with the Pastor! Oh .. no! He learned it in places like the jail in Rome! He learned it through a shipwreck. He learned it during his beatings! It was during those times of persecution that he learned to be content and here's why: No jail could take away his joy! No prison could take away his praise!

And what Paul learned we need to learn: The Secret to Continual Joy! All right .. we come to verse 6 tonight in our verse by verse study of the book of Philippeans.

Now before we read verse 6 it's important for us to understand what Paul's talking about to back up to verse 5. And here is an important lesson for studying your Bible.

When you're studying your Bible you always want to keep the verses in their context to understand what they mean! If you take a verse of scripture and lift it up from the page with no regard to it's context ... you can make the Bible mean anything you want it to mean. That's called Isogesis. It means isolating a verse of scripture with no regard to it's context. And when you isogete a verse ... you'll never understand what God's trying to say.

What we want to do is exegete a verse. Now what does that mean? Well .. it means that you take a verse of scripture and read it in light of it's context. If you want to know what a verse of scripture is saying ... you always study it in l ...

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