This is our first sermon in our series on Paul's letter to the Philippians. I am super excited about digging in and discovering some new truths from God's Word and joining Jesus in the life he's called us to.
Throughout the letter, you can tell that Paul was bubbling over with joy. And yet, Philippians is not a how-to book on how to have joy. He doesn’t give us three steps to finding or maintaining joy. However, Paul’s joy and thankfulness bubble over as he writes to the Philippians about other things. He can’t contain his joy. It comes up several times in every chapter.
The kicker is that Paul was in prison while writing the letter, not because he did anything wrong, but simply because he was preaching about Jesus. He had no earthly reason to be joyful.
You get the idea from reading this that Paul didn’t seek happiness. Happiness found him as he served Jesus in the church, the body of Christ.