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Message Notes, “Joy in Suffering”

Joy in Chains

Week 1, “Joy in Suffering”

Philippians 1:1-18

Justin Scarberry


The Book of Philippians-

Known as one of the four “prison epistles.”

Written around 60-62AD

Written by Paul the Apostle while in jail.


Philippians has two main purposes

  1. A “thank you” letter to the church for their support. (Financial and Prayer)
  2. To help encourage the people of the church




Four Keys to Joy


  1. Know who you are. (Vs 1)



  1. Know what you are here for. (Vs 2)



  1. Know who you are here for. (Vs 3)



  1. Know you future. (Vs 6)




Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.


“When God has started something in your life you can bet EVERYTHING it will be finished, perhaps not in the time frame you would wish for but it certainly at some point will be completed.”



Paul Knew WHO He is Here for


Philippians 1:10-12
10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.



Paul Knew WHAT he was Here for


Job- (A blameless and upright man)


Some Things we Learn from God’s Conversation with satan:


  1. God provides those who believe in Him with a protective hedge that protects them from the adversaries’ attacks. (not so with non-believers)
  2. The protective hedge is impenetrable unless God removes it.
  3. Satan does not have free range to attack us he has to get permission
  4. Satan cannot take you out of this world. He can harass you incessantly.
  5. When we stay loyal to God in our suffering God is glorified.



Paul Knew why He was Here-


To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ




How can a loving God of love allow so much suffering in the world?



A few questions to think about and answer this coming week:


  1. Who are YOU? (Vs. 1)






  1. Why are YOU Here? (Vs. 2)






  1. Who are YOU here for? (Vs. 3)






  1. Know your future (Vs. 6)






Bottom Line:








Small Group Discussion Questions

Wk 1 “Joy in Suffering”

Philippians 1:1-18

Justin Scarberry


  1. Name a place where you have been that is unforgettable. Either in a good way, or bad.
  2. What are a few things that bring you Joy?
  3. What is the difference between Joy and Happiness?


Read Philippians 1:12-14


  1. In Verse 14, Paul says that the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord. What do you think Paul means by “Confident in the Lord?”
  2. How was Paul’s imprisonment able to advance the Gospel?


Read Philippians 1:15-18


  1. What does Paul mean when he says, “some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry?”
  2. Is it ok to Pretend to have joy? You know, is it ok to “fake it until you make it?” why, or why not?
  3. What is the key to having true Joy?
  4. How can you tell when joy is genuine?
  5. Pray for each other and have a great week!