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Contentment: The Secret of Joy

10/18/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Tucked away in the last section of the letter of Philippians is the secret of joy. Set in the context of thanking these believers for their financial support, Paul explains that the source of his joy in plenty or in need, with much or with little, was contentment. Are you a contented person? What does it mean to be content? Paul chooses a word, a concept, that the Stoic philosophers used to describe a position of self-sufficiency. Listen, and see how Paul takes this word and uses it to describe the secret of his joy.

Joy In Spite Of Worry

10/11/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Worry is a thief that will steal away your joy. The Apostle Paul gives us the antidote to worry in Philippians, chapter four. There are three ingredients to this antidote: right praying, right thinking and right living. These three are bookended by the peace of God that will guard you and the God of Peace who will guide you.

Pressing On

10/04/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Are you a captive to your past? Are you so focused on things in your past, that you are robbed of joy in the present? The Apostle Paul gives the key to pursuing his relationship with Christ: “forgetting what lies behind, I press on.” Paul focused on his present position in Christ. His attitude was: “I will let the past be past. God has called me to live in the present. Therefore, I press on to know him afresh, anew, with renewed vigor.” Shouldn’t that be our perspective as well?

The Value of Things

09/27/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: “Things” have a way of robbing us of joy. Perhaps the main reason is because we assign too much value to them. The Apostle Paul writes to the believers in Philippi and illustrates from his life the proper valuing of things, in his case his accomplishments and achievements in Judaism. He considers all of his gains as one, big loss when he compares those things to the value of knowing Christ Jesus. What is the most important thing in your life?

Work It Out!

09/20/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: One key to living the Christian life is holding in tension two truths that the Apostle Paul states in Philippians, chapter two: “Work out your salvation” and “Know that God is at work in you.” Either truth alone is bad theology and practice, but the two together emphasizes the responsibility we have in the process of sanctification within the sphere of God’s empowering work through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Living in Community

09/13/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: “I love mankind,” Charlie Brown says. “It’s people I can’t stand.” People can be joy-stealers in our lives. Paul writes to the Philippians and talks about how God’s people are to live and relate

When Life Does You Wrong

09/06/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: The Apostle Paul writes his letter to the Philippians in the midst of very trying and difficult circumstances. He is in prison, awaiting trial, not knowing whether he will be acquitted or beheaded. Yet, he rejoiced! How do you respond when life does you wrong? We see in Paul’s life a pattern for the way we can respond to adverse situations in our lives. His God was bigger than his circumstances. Is yours?

Fellowship in the Gospel

08/30/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Some have called the book of Philippians “the epistle of joy.” The reason is because “joy” is one of the main themes of this letter from the Apostle Paul to those in the church of Philippi, the first church Paul founded in Europe. He encourages them to choose joy when facing those things that will steal joy away. In this opening section, Paul expresses his deep thankfulness and affection for them because they were joint-participants with him for the sake of the Gospel, both in advancing the kingdom of God and in coming alongside Paul through their generosity in giving to his needs.