Summary: We find joy in experiencing God’s unearned forgiveness and knowing that nothing can stop him from finishing what he has already started in our lives.


Jeffery Anselmi / General

Be Happy / Joy; Happiness / Philippians 1:1–11

We find joy in experiencing God’s unearned forgiveness and knowing that nothing can stop him from finishing what he has already started in our lives.


• How has your 2020 been thus far?

• On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific, where would you be?

• Honestly, I think we are kind of holding on to our seats waiting to see what else could go wrong, so maybe we would rate 2020 at a -10. :)

• For many, this year has been a struggle, it has been stressful, and it has been discouraging.

• If life, in general, were 2020, life would not be fun.

• Amid the storm of this year, we can lose our happiness and joy.

• There is so much negative stuff to focus on that we can forget the blessings we have in life.

• When times get rough, we have to decide how we will respond to those tough times.

• When we are faced with difficulties and trials at home, work, or other areas of life, we have to choose how we will deal with those situations.

• Will we allow tough times to define us, or will we be able to rise above the difficulties of life and grow and thrive?

• Today we begin a very timely series in the book of Philippians.

• Our ten-week series will focus on the joy one can receive when we devote our lives to Jesus and others.

• The letter to the church at Philippi, Paul was in prison, a fact that makes this letter even more impressive than usual.

• Of all of Paul's letters, the Philippian church letter is the most consistently positive and personal.

• This letter reflects a joyful spirit, a happiness that would seem surprising coming from a person in prison at the time of the writing.

• The Philippian church was the first church established by Paul in what we know as Europe during his second missionary journey.


Acts 16 tells of Paul's vision of a Macedonia man who pleaded with Paul to come there ( Acts 16:9).

• Once Paul arrives in Philippi, his efforts led to Lydia's conversion and her household, Paul and Silas imprisonment after they cast a fortune-telling demon out of a servant girl.

• Then that led to the conversion of the prison keeper and his household. (Gareth Reese Philippians Commentary)

• Paul's visit was the beginnings of a healthy and generous congregation that supported Paul with prayer and finances from its inception to about a dozen years later when this letter was written.

• Paul had a great deal of love for this church, and they loved him also!

• So, as interesting as our 2020 has been, the big idea is simple.

› We find joy in experiencing God's unearned forgiveness and knowing that nothing can stop him from finishing what he has already started in our lives.

• Let's begin our journey through the book fo Philippians by turning to Philippians 1:1-5, and verse 7.

Philippians 1:1–5 CSB

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons.

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,

4 always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,

5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Philippians 1:7 CSB

7 Indeed, it is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

• As consider the concept of Be Happy, the first observation we make is...


I. You can find joy in partnership.

• One of the things I love about life is enjoying life with others.

• I realize introverts probably enjoyed the stay at home orders we endured early in the pandemic, but one thing I know is that doing life alone would make life less joyful.

• One of the things we may see happens due to the pandemic shut-downs is the temptation to stay at home and “GET YOUR CHURCH AT HOME” in your pajamas with coffee in hand.

• We will always stream our services because it helps us spread the gospel; however, maybe we need to use our geo-blocking feature to get folks out of the house! LOL.

• In a moment, we will look at why we need to be together as much as we can get together.

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