Last Sunday, we came to the end of our study through the book of Ruth, which means that this coming Sunday, we are beginning a new series of studies, this time, in the book of Philippians.
Acts chapter 16 gives the context of how the church in Philippi was started, along with Paul’s relationship with the Philippians. Although Paul covers many subject matters in this letter, one of the primary themes has to do with “joy”. Not merely a joy that comes from one’s circumstances, after all, Paul was penning this letter from a Roman prison. But it’s a joy that is primarily experienced “in the Lord”, rooted and grounded in Christ.
In the passage today, Paul expresses joy in fact that God is continuing to spiritually grow the church in Philippi (Philippians 1:3-6), that He’s growing his own affections for the Philippians (Philippians 1:7-8), and that He’s able to answer his prayers for the on-going good of the Philippians (Philippians 1:9-11).