Joy in the Journey // A Series On Philippians

July 26 – November 1

What Your Giving Really Does

November 1

What happens when we give to one of God’s servants or to a ministry? What difference does it make? As Paul says thanks to the Philippians for the gifts they sent to him, he teaches them—and us—what really happens when we give money and support to God’s work.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 4:10-23

The Secret to Contentment

October 25

We spend a lifetime searching after contentment. We’re constantly looking for more and more in an effort to find long-lasting peace and satisfaction. In Philippians, Paul tells us he has found the secret in being content in every circumstance. This Sunday, we’ll explore that secret as we seek our own contentment.

Pastor Arek O’Connell
Philippians 4:10-13

Think and Do

October 18

The Apostle Paul knows that what we think about matters. A lot. He knows that what we think about impacts what we feel and what we do. This morning Paul will help us to do something important. He’ll help us think about what we’re thinking about. Paul wants us to think about better things because he knows that if we think better, we’ll be better.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 4:8-9

Living in the Red Zone

October 11

When you think of Christians, what kind of people come to mind? Are they happy or ornery? Angry or calm? This morning Paul will remind us that if we follow Jesus we should be people of joy, gentleness and peace.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 4:4-7

Dealing with Myopia

October 4

One of the challenges we face as we seek to follow Jesus is that we tend to be myopic—shortsighted. For many of us, we see only what’s close to us, what’s right in front of our faces.  But Paul tells us that if we’re going to be followers of Jesus, we need to watch out for that and learn to see the bigger picture.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 3:17-4:3

Pressing On

September 27

Many of us have had an interesting experience. We’ve driven somewhere (maybe Colorado) to see the mountains. We’ve driven up into the mountains and have been amazed. But then something happens. Someone tells us that we “haven’t seen anything yet. You’ve got to go further in. These are just the foothills.” Paul felt that way about his relationship with Jesus. He knew that there was more to discover and more to experience. This morning Paul will invite us to join him in pressing on to know Jesus more.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 3:12-16

Trophies or Trash?

September 20

There is a danger that exists in all of our spiritual lives to place confidence and comfort in our good deeds. Too often, without realizing it, we can begin to do so many good things that we start to see them as trophies we can present before God. However, Paul has walked down this road before, and he wants to warn us that unless we are seeking to know the person, power, and passion of Christ that those trophies might very well be trash.

Pastor Arek O’Connell
Philippians 3:1-11

Show Me

September 13

Most of us learn to do something by watching someone do it. We don’t learn to bowl by reading a book; we watch someone bowl. We don’t learn to make a souffle; we watch someone make a souffle. The Apostle Paul knows this and that’s why he points to Timothy and Epaphroditus. He wants the Philippians to know that they can see what following Jesus looks like if they’ll take a look at these two followers of Jesus.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 2:19-30

Work Out Your Salvation

September 6

Have you ever felt that you need to work OUT your own salvation? What does it mean? It means that God fills us with purity and JOY, he makes us shine like stars in a crooked generation. The old song says, ’Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.’ But what if you aren’t happy? What if you don’t feel pure and blameless? This coming Sunday let us look together at what Paul has to say about working out our salvation.

Pastor Daniel Bud
Philippians 2:12-18

Why We Fight

August 30

Good doctors do more than treat symptoms. They get at the root of the problem. They find out what’s causing those symptoms. The Apostle Paul does that with us this morning. The church in Philippi had some symptoms: backbiting, bickering, and forming cliques. Paul doesn’t just address those symptoms. He gets at the deeper issue that is causing them—for the Philippians and for us.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 2:1-11

Living as Citizens

August 23

When we are in a group we often develop a “way” of doing things. It might be that we were taught, “In this family, we don’t raise our voices,” or “In this family, we take turns doing the dishes.” It might be that at work we hear, “In this company, we take care of our employees,” or “In this company, integrity is essential.” This morning we’ll look at how Paul calls us to do things the Jesus way. He calls us to live as citizens of God’s Kingdom first and foremost. We’ll think about what that means together.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 1:27-30

Fruitful Labor

August 16

Last week, Paul gave his thoughts on how his imprisonment has had a positive impact on the advance of the Gospel. This week, we see Paul talking about how his imprisonment is affecting him personally. Even though his circumstances seem rough, Paul has great joy and confidence in God. Both are rooted in his love and service towards God and others; what Paul would call his “fruitful labor.” As we learn about Paul’s fruitful labor, maybe we can begin to ask ourselves, “what fruitful labor is God calling me to?”

Pastor Arek O’Connell
Philippians 1:18-26

Good Out of the Bad

August 9

Bad things happen to us. And they really are bad. They hurt. We don’t like them. But God can still use them. This morning we’ll look at what Paul says about some of the good things that have happened in the midst of the bad thing of being in prison.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 1:12-18

Who Are We?

August 2

What words would you use to describe yourself? Happy? Smart? Athletic? A mom? A nurse? The words we use to describe ourselves not only describe us, they also shape us. On Sunday, we’ll take a look at how Paul uses the opening of his letter to the Philippians to help them think about who they are as followers of Jesus. Learning to see ourselves the way God does, can make a huge difference in our lives.

Pastor Ron Kool
Philippians 1:1-11

The Holy Spirit Plants a Church

July 26

Before we begin a study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians (one of his favorite churches), we’re going to take a look at how this church started. The beginning of the Philippian church is a great case study for us in what we are supposed to do and to be as a church.  Join us as we think about what the Holy Spirit does when He plants a church.

Pastor Ron Kool
Acts 16