It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making muddies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.
The book of Philippians in the New Testament is a letter brimming with joy. Written by a pastor- Paul- to a young church community, it has an exuberant tone: “Rejoice in the Lord! Again, I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4.4) This warm tone is even more striking considering the conditions of the author; Paul is writing from a prison, his life at risk and his future fraught. The book of Philippians shows us how the good news of Jesus shapes deep, persistent joy in our lives- joy that’s deeper than just a mood, and sturdier than our circumstances.
Whether you’re new to faith and church or a seasoned follower of Jesus, you’re invited to join us through May and June as we make our way through Philippians, so you can discover Gospel joy in your life, whatever your circumstances!
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Dwelling with Philippians-
This volume is an outstanding companion to the book of Philippians, with commentary, prayers, artwork, and meditations on the text of the book from the whole gamut of the Christian Church.
Paul for Everyone-
This commentary on Philippians (as well as Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon) is at once learned and accessible, substantive and practical- and, an excellent companion to help you journey through this text together with the Liberti community.