There is Joy in the Journey

Posted on 01/05/20 by John Lindell in Joy Ride

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an encouraging sermon titled, “There is Joy in the Journey.” Join us as we read Philippians 1:1-11 and study four keys the Apostle Paul gives Christians for living a life of joy. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to set your heart on heaven and seek God in prayer as you cultivate a life of joy in the Lord!

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There is Joy in the Journey

Philippians 1:6 NKJV
who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Philippians 1:21 NIV
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 2:3 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Philippians 2:5 NIV
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Philippians 3:14 NIV
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4a NIV
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:6 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:8 NIV
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:11 NIV
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 1:4b NIV
I always pray with joy.

Philippians 1:18b NIV
And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,

Philippians 3:1 NIV
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!

Philippians 4:4 NIV
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Nehemiah 8:10b NIV
the joy of the Lord is your strength.

1st Joy comes by remembering the good in life

Philippians 1:1-5 ESV
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

2nd Joy comes by recognizing God is doing a work in each of us

Philippians 1:6 ESV
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.

3rd Joy comes through relationships with other believers

Philippians 1:7-8 ESV
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. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

4th Joy comes when we pray for others

Philippians 1:4, 9-11 NIV
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy… And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

1. He prays they will grow in love

Philippians 1:9 NIV
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

2. He prays they will grow in discernment

Philippians 1:10a NIV
so that you may be able to discern what is best

3. He prays they will be pure and blameless

Philippians 1:10b NIV
and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,

4. He prays they will be fruitful

Philippians 1:11 NIV
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.