Sermons

Unrestrained Joy

Unrestrained Joy
Aug 2020 - Nov 2020
This week we are going to begin studying the book of Philippians. This is an encouraging letter written by Paul while in prison. He wanted the church at Philippi to share his joy. Yep - joy in prison. He wanted them to struggle for unity and he wanted them to do all of this as citizens of a greater kingdom.

I'm excited to jump into this book that I believe can help us navigate this odd and awkward time.

Sermons in this series

Gospel Spreading Joy
Sun, Sep 06, 2020
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. - Philippians 1:12–13 (ESV) What feeling or emotion comes to mind when we start to talk about evangelism? I think for many people it's fear. We are afraid that we won't have the answer to a question. We are afraid of rejection. We are afraid of persecution. We are afraid our lives won't match what we say. There are a lot of fears, but what if one of the ways to discover joy was actually evangelism? This week we are going to explore Philippians 1:12-18. Paul's plans and programs for the advancement of the gospel didn't go as he planned. God had a different plan, a grander plan, a better plan. Watching that plan play out brought joy to the heart of Paul. Take some time to re-read Philippians 1 and see if you can hear the joy of his words over the clink of his chains.
Joy Filled Prayers - Part 2
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9–11 (ESV) Where did you find joy this week? Did you remember that God is not finished with you even when you feel like a failure? Did that bring you joy? This week we will look back at Philippians 1:3-11 to see what brought joy to Paul. We learned last week that Paul found joy in the Philippians partnership. He found joy in the truth that God's work is not finished in him or the Philippians. I want to encourage you to re-read Philippians 1 to prepare your heart and mind to worship together.
Joy Filled Prayers - Part 1
Sun, Aug 23, 2020
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. - Philippians 1:6–7 (ESV) In the Chinese calendar each year is represented by an animal. If I was making the calendar for 2020, I think this years animal should be Eeyore. That's right, the sad donkey from the beloved children's story. I mean that's what 2020 feels like right? It has seemed like an endless string of horible circumstances that only worsen. (You have heard there is a double-hurricane sorta headed our way). So I'm calling it! 2020 is the year of the Eeyore. In the midst of all of this where can we find joy? I'm not talking about slapping on a smiling face and ignoring hard realities. I'm talking about real, true, honest joy. Joy that shines in the middle of gray. Joy that holds even when things get worse. Paul is going to help us discover that in Philippians. He is in chains and may be facing death. But he has joy. Where does it come from? And what is it's source? And what sustains it? This week be begin with Paul's opening prayer in Philippians 1:3-11. Will you take a few minutes and read through Philippians chapter 1? Ask yourself, what is driving his prayers? What is giving him hope?
Finding Joy in Unprecedented Times
Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:1–2 (ESV) You have seen the memes. You probably have talked about it or at least you have felt it. 2020 is weird. It's the oddest collision of circumstances I can remember in my lifetime. A virus, confinement, endless cancellations and re-arrangements, unrest, political conflicts, disconnection and disunity, financial instablity, etc. It will be a year to remember (although we'd like to forget). It might feel like it's so unique that we are on our own to sort it out, but what if there was help to deal with the craziness? What if there was a book written while in lockdown? What if there was a book that addresses the conflicts and divisions we face? What if there was a book that called us not only to survive but see the gospel advance in a time like this? This week we are going to begin studying the book of Philippians. This is an encouraging letter written by Paul while in prision. He wanted the church at Philippi to share his joy. Yep - joy in prision. He wanted them to struggle for unity and he wanted them to do all of this as citizens of a greater kingdom. I'm excited to jump into this book that I believe can help us navigate this odd and awkward time. Take a few minutes to read through Acts 16 and the first chapter of Philippians.
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