26 March 2021
The Epistle Of Joy Chapter 3 – Part 1
We are continuing in the epistle of Philippians. In this series “The Epistle Of Joy Chapter 3” –
As we grow in the lord and become familiar with the does and don’ts of the Christian life, it is easy to get complacent. We reason, “I know what the Scripture says, so why continue to study it?” We go through the outward motions of church attendance and Christian service, often becoming overly busy with religious activities. We think we have arrived.
Paul, in this stunning chapter, challenges us to “put no confidence” in accomplishments, reputation, and knowledge. He states emphatically that all these are totally worthless compared to knowing Christ.
His advice to those who want to continue to grow is to keep doing what they did to get them that far: study the Word and immerse themselves in the thoughts of God. This is God’s plan for seizing, possessing, and maintaining maturity.
Part 1 – We begin this series by reviewing the previous two chapters in Philippians and getting an overview of chapter 3. In verse 1 we are instructed to rejoice in the Lord. God’s best is for us to rejoice “in the Lord” because we know God has not only provided for eternity but also for this life. He has given promises which are “exceeding great and precious.”