Who doesn’t want more joy in their life? This fall we are looking at a letter that’s all about finding joy: the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi.
Paul fills this letter with talk of joy and gladness. Sixteen times, over the course of four short chapters, Paul encourages his friends at Philippi with the hope of joy. Yet, what makes this talk of joy so interesting are the seemingly joyless circumstances surrounding the letter: Paul writes from prison in Roman, where he awaits trial. And the church in Philippi is facing intense persecution as well as painful divisions within the church. Worse, false teachers, who have plagued Paul’s entire ministry, are headed in the direction of Philippi, seeking to uproot this church that Paul planted and loves.
So, how does joy fit in with all this? Well, that’s the key, and the beauty of this letter: it’s all about how to find joy amidst hard times and difficult circumstances of our lives. Who doesn’t want that?
Please join us as we seek to unravel the secret of “finding joy” even in the hard times.