Each week we have taken a closer look at Joy. We have talked about being a joyful Church, and how to experience joy in our lives. Last week we saw Jesus as the ultimate example of humility, service, and sacrifice which bring true joy. At some...Read more
Last week we talked about the importance of unity and humility in experiencing true joy as a Church. This week is a continuation of that talk. Humility and unity are seen in self-sacrifice, which will produce joy. Jesus is a perfect picture of...Read more
We all want to be happy, but happiness is difficult to have. This is because happiness is based on happenings. We feel good when things are going good, and bad when things are going bad. Joy, on the other hand, can be experienced whether...Read more
We continue the theme of joy. Paul rejoicing no matter what, even while in prison facing possible execution for following Jesus.
Whether we live or die, we can have joy.
Not only does Jesus give us the meaning and purpose of life, but also the assurance of life after death.
1. Live or die – I am free (Philippians 1:19)
1. Free through a personal relationship with Jesus.
1. John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
2. Free through the prayer of others
1. Story of Peter – “So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church” Ac12.5
2. Philemon 22 “At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you”
3. Free through the power of the Spirit
1. 2 Cor. 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
2. Live or die – Christ is honored (Philippians 1:20-21)
1. Honor Christ In life
1. Eph 5:16 “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
2. What are our priorities?
2. Honor Christ In death
1. By being ready to die
1. 1 Cor 15:54-55 “…Death is swallowed up in victory.”“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
2. “Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it.” —John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople; sermon, ca. 400
2. By dying for Christ
1. “A good Christian is bound to relinquish not only goods and children, but life itself, for the glory of his Redeemer: therefore I am resolved to sacrifice every thing in this transitory world, for the sake of salvation in a world that will last to eternity.” – John Foxe
2. 2 Tim 4:6 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.”
3. Death of Jesse
3. Live or die – it’s all good (Philippians 1:21-26)
1. It’s better to see Christ (Verse 23)
1. what happens after death?
1. 2 Cor 5:6-8 “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord”
2. Future Resurrection
2. It’s needful to bear fruit (Verse 22, 24-26)
1. Joy in their faith (25)
1. I am alive here in Bellingham so that your faith progresses.
2. Joy in their fellowship (26)
1. Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.””
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