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I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me… I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:10a-11

Listen: Philippians 4


Our journey of joy is not a solo mission. We can experience joy under pressure—but it is even better when we don’t go it alone. Isolated by imprisonment, the Apostle Paul still had the support and partnership of the Philippians. The believers in Philippi were a unique band of people who supported Paul through multiple missionary journeys and ten years of ministry.

Paul reminds them he didn’t need their gift but was deeply grateful. Like Paul, our joy springs from a focus on the generosity of God that expresses itself through gratitude and praise even in seasons of extreme pain and deep disappointment.

Paul’s relationship with the Philippians was a big deal. Choosing joy under pressure is not to be lived out alone. It is a way of life that includes meeting each other’s needs and sharing in one another’s burdens. It includes forgiving, bearing with in love and treating each other with the humility and kindness of Jesus Christ.


This weekend’s sermon concluded our series Philippians: Choosing Joy Under Pressure. Take a few minutes to flip back through the pages of your journal and recall what God has taught you. In your next small group or with a close friend, share the highlights important to you.

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