Philippians 1:1-11 (Philippians 1:1-11)Mark Jenkins, July 10, 2011
Part of the Philippians Teaching Series series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Maybe you know of someone or you are personally experiencing a difficult situation right now, and you are finding it difficult to rejoice. The Apostle Paul found ways and reasons to rejoice even in very difficult situations. Should faith in Christ automatically make it easier to rejoice in trials? That's a question we all need to answer. For the remainder of the summer the MVCC family will be studying the book of Philippians together. Together we’ll learn from Paul’s letter the secret of his joy in all circumstances and how that can be ours as well.
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1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (ESV)