Joy in Suffering: Joy Prays for Ministry (Philippians 1:9-11)

Are you allowing God to use your suffering to minister to others? Recognizing that despair, anxiety, and sorrow comprised the natural response to suffering, Paul taught that it was possible to experience joy, to take pleasure in Christ, even when we struggle. First, Paul demonstrated that joy begins with humility (Philippians 1:1-2). Second, Paul communicated […]

Joy in Suffering: Joy Grows in Ministry (Philippians 1:3-8)

Are you suffering in a particular area of your life and attempting to go through it alone? Paul wrote about how to experience joy amidst suffering. His teachings hold true for us today, revealing, first, that joy begins with humility (Philippians 1:1-2). Second, Paul tells us that joy grows in community. “I thank my God […]

Joy in Suffering: Joy Begins with Humility (Philippians 1:1-2)

Paul wrote his letter to the church that he helped found in Philippi with the theme of joy amidst suffering. That’s right; it is possible to experience joy even when we suffer. The opposite of joy is despair (anxiety or sorrow), our typical response to suffering. Identify the area in your life where you are […]