Last Sunday, we began a study in the book of Philippians, a letter that the Apostle Paul was writing to the church in Philippi which he had helped establish (Acts 16), and a church that he was now writing to from prison.
Following his words of thanksgiving (Philippians 1:1-11), in this week’s passage, Paul seeks to give the Philippians a spiritual perspective on his present circumstances within prison. Due to the close relationship between Paul and the Philippians, they were understandable troubled about what was happening to Paul. But Paul explains how he could still maintain joy in serving the Lord, despite the hardship that he was facing by 1- Putting the Gospel first (Philippians 1:12-14) 2- Loving Christ’s glory more than his own (Philippians 1:15-18) 3- Rejoicing when Christ was proclaimed (Philippians 1:18).
Read the passage with your family and discuss what kinds of things cause you to lose joy while serving the Lord, along with ways you are able to overcome that.