Philippians: Secrets of Abundant Joy
Phil 1:1-2

The theme of Paulís letter the church of Philippi is ďAbundant JoyĒ. Philippi was a Roman colony town in the province of Macedonia. The first church Paul established in what we know as Europe was in Philippi and obviously Paul had a special place in his heart for these people and them for him. Through other letters we find these Christians were very poor but most generous in their giving. As a matter of fact we will find they even sent one the their finest young men to look after Paul during his imprisonment. He wrote them to thank them for their generosity and also to encourage them in their walk. If Paul could wish one thing upon them he would wish they experienced the abundant joy he possessed. Even now Paul himself was in prison but his heart was bursting with joy.

In college I discovered a wonderful tool when taking literature classes. It was called Cliffís Notes. These were excellent summaries on major works which gave you the important highlights of each story which saved a tremendous amount of time, but still gave you a very good idea of what the story was all about. To be able to summarize what needs to be understood without leaving out any of the important material is a wonderful ability. In his introduction to the Philippians, Paul did a tremendous job of summarizing what it meant to be a believer. Therefore I am calling this message, "Paulís Notes on the Life of a believer."


A. Paul was not Ashamed of His Position of a Servant
1. Servant = Slave (doulos) - "one who is in a permanent servitude to another, his will altogether consumed in the will of the other"

2. Ways of becoming a slave in antiquity
a. by conquest
b. by birth - any child born to a slave was a slave
c. by debt

B. Paul was honored to call Jesus His Lord
Jesus had not always been Paulís master. For years his master was sin.

1. Previous Master - Paul was a slave to sin by
a. Birth - (Ps 51:5) David "Behold, I was shaped in inquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
b. Conquest - (Rom 6:12) "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
c. Debt - (Rom 6:23) "For the wages of sin is death."

2. Present Master
before anyone will become a slave of Jesus Christ they must first recognize that they are a slave to sin and must pay the debt of his sin. Then and only then when he repents and trusts Jesus as his Lord and Master will he be saved.

a. Cannot pay our own debt.
b. Jesus is the only one who can pay our sin debt
(1 Cor 6:20) "For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Godís"

C. Paul understood the Joy of Servanthood

1. Servanthood brings freedom
freedom from worry:
dependence upon our master to meet every need
freedom from fretting over decisions

2. Servanthood