The evening after our third meeting, I had a long talk with someone on staff with the group sponsoring the Bible study—that’s when I became a believer in Jesus Christ. I’m currently in another Bible study on Philippians and after counting them up, I think this is my sixth time with this letter! One of the most memorable times of teaching I ever had occurred when I taught Philippians to a group of women in Massachusetts—God was with with us, and blessed us with growing love for Him and one another as we learned from His Word together.
I have great affection for Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi. In it we read of the mind and heart of Jesus Christ as He became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. In it we have Paul’s example of single-minded perseverance as he tells us he considers everything that was gain to him and everything he has lost as worthless refuse for the surpassing value of knowing Christ. In it we have his commands to have the same attitude of Christ to other believers, to follow Paul’s example, and always, and again, to rejoice in the Lord. This is a letter to take to heart and to live, so that in the midst of the crooked and perverse generation in which we live, we will appear as lights in the world.
Since that long ago summer I first studied this letter, Dr. Motyer has extensively revised and expanded his work into the book, The Message of Philippians, with the subtitle of ‘Jesus our Joy’. I’ve used his subtitle in my title because it truly describes Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!Philippians 4:4