If there’s a word that describes our collective spirits in 2021 and 2022, it might be languishing. This week, Ryan opens a new series on Philippians in which we’ll explore what it means to have joy beyond circumstance and “happiness”.
We continue our time in Philippians Chapter 1 trying to understand how Paul was able to experience joy despite being in prison and experiencing what is, objectively, a pretty rough life. Did he just try to pretend that all the evil that happened to him was good? Or was there something deeper going on?
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. – Paul, Philippians 1:21. Today, Scott Hetherington unpacks this passage as we continue our journey through Philippians 1, and helps us understand how these conflicting desires were, paradoxically, part of Paul’s reason for joy in awful circumstances.
Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had… – Philippians 2. Today, Ryan teaches through the first part of Philippians 2 and about the resilient joy that can be found in humility, or, as C.S. Lewis put it: not thinking less of yourself, but thinking about yourself less.
On October 30th 2022, we lost power during our 10:00am service, so to make up for it we recorded an audio only version after the fact. We hope this is beneficial and helpful with your study of Philippians and Resilient Joy.
Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! To write this again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. – Philippians 3. This week, Alison leads us through the opening of Philippians 3, and Paul’s extraordinary comparison of his extensive accomplishments and credentials to … well … poop.
PARENTAL ADVISORY This episode of our podcast contains scatological humor.
But our citizenship is in heaven—and we also eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. – Philippians 3:20. Today, Ryan brings his passport to church, and a tale of two kingdoms: the kingdom of this world, the kingdom of Heaven, and what it means for us to live in each one.
I appeal to Euodia and to Syntyche to agree in the Lord … Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! Let everyone see your gentleness. – Philippians 4. Today, we look at a conflict that’s often passed over when we read this book, and how Paul admonishes us to shape our response. Will conflict cause us to run away from resilient joy – or will we become more deeply rooted in it?
I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. – Philippians 4. Today, Bryan leads us through Paul’s famous passage on contentment, and reveals Paul’s answer to the question: how can today be enough?
Nevertheless, you did well to share with me in my trouble …And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4. Ryan closes our Resilient Joy series at the end of Philippians, which – as it turns out – is really just an extremely loquacious thank-you letter for the generosity of the church at Philippi, and shares 7 reasons that giving is good.