Joy in Thanksgiving

Philippians 1:1-8

Joy vs. Happiness

Happiness is based upon our circumstances

Joy is based upon our relationship with God

Philippians 1:1-8 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

Background (v. 1-2)

Servant (v. 1)

“One bound to another”

Emphasis: One whose will is swallowed up into the will of another

Saints (v. 1)

“Set apart”

Bishops (v. 1)


Elder – Overseeing the spiritual welfare of the church

Deacons (v. 1)

“A servant in his activity”

Acts 6:3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;

Grace (v. 2)

“Favor done from one to another out of pure generosity of heart with no hope of reward (no strings attached)”

Peace (v. 2)

“To bind together”

Joy in Remembering (v. 3-4)

Paul’s memories of the Philippians caused him to thank God

Joy of Fellowship (v. 5)
Paul was thankful that God had placed the church at Philippi on his team

Joy of God’s Work (v. 6)

Paul was thankful in God’s work in the church at Philippi, knowing that God would continue to work in them with the final destination of eternity with God

Joy of Love (v. 7-8)

Paul could have joy because he had a heart for the people and they had a heart for him

No matter his circumstances, Paul could have joy because of his confidence in God and his teammates in Philippi

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