I preached “Paul’s Joy” and “Christian Characteristics” at Union Grove Baptist Church in Tilden, Mississippi, from November 2009 to March 2010. I finished my Philippians sermons at Calvary Baptist Church in Fayette, Alabama, in May and June 2010. Below, the links to these sermons will take you to their respective pages at the Internet Archive. Thank you all again for your patience as I found this new venue for these sermons.
- Introductory Joy (1:1-11) We see Paul’s joy in this passage expressed by his humble greeting and thankful prayer.
- Rejoice in Gospel Proclamation (1:12-18a) Like Paul, we should rejoice when the gospel is proclaimed, even when its preachers have poor motives.
- The Joy of Christian Fellowship (1:18b-26) Our fellowship with fellow Christians is a source of joy.
The Path of Joy: Christian Characteristics
- United in Perseverance (1:27-30) We Christians should unite to persevere in sharing the gospel.
- Humility (2:1-11) We Christians should be humble, as our Lord was.
- Rejoice That You Work out What God Works In (2:12-18) We should rejoice as we persevere because our perseverance is proof of God’s work in us.
- Exemplary Christians: Timothy and Epaphroditus (2:19-30) We should persevere because one greater than Timothy comes for us; and we should honor such men as Epaphroditus.
Joy in Daily Life
- What True Joy Looks Like (3:1-16) True joy is desperate, humble, and perseverant.
- Persevering Joy (3:17-4:1) Joy is perseverant because “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior.”
- The Joy of Resolved Conflict (4:2-9) If we truly rejoice in the Lord, we will be reasonable, grateful, and thoughtful so that we resolve any conflict we have with a fellow believer.
- The Joy of Contented Giving (4:9-23) If we are joyfully content like Paul was, we will give joyfully and sacrificially like the Philippians did.