Twelve Keys to Joyful Living (from Philippians)
Philippians (17 Summary of the Book): Twelve Keys to Joyful Living - (1)
Accept diversity in the Church and strive for unity through love.
Persevere since He began a good work and will complete it.
Accept what God is doing in your circumstances.
Value Christ more than anyone or anything.
Follow Christ’s example of redemptive humility for the sake of unity.
Trust to God work in you and among the congregation.
Be confident in Christ, not in your accomplishments or culture.
Forget what is behind and press on toward knowing Christ.
Colonize the world with Kingdom values, hoping in the resurrection.
Be praiseful, patient, prayerful, peaceful, and positive through personal conflicts.
Content yourself in what you have by relying on Christ.
Give generously and trust God for all your needs.
Key Verses to Learn by Heart
Phil 1:6 - “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Phil 1:21 - “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”
Phil 2:5–8 - “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Phil 2:13 - “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
Phil 2:14 - “Do all things without grumbling or disputing;”
Phil 3:3 - “for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,”
Phil 3:8 - “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.”
Phil 3:20 - “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;”
Phil 4:4 - “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
Phil 4:6 - “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Phil 4:8 - “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Phil 4:13 - “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Phil 4:19 - “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more