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February 2, 2019
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  • Looking for a ray of light.
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  • Looking for something better than this.
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white,
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  • longing for prism light
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  • Oh, the bliss
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  • Moving at the speed of light.
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  • It was a color in the night.
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  • Moving at the speed of light.
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  • It was a color in the night.
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors.
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  • found a hope so bright and clear.
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid
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  • A Savior radiance so very near to me.
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  • male announcer: It's been said that a gloomy Christian
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  • is a contradiction.
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig," Skip begins a series
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  • called "Technicolor Joy," about how God brings color to the most
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  • black and white moments of life and why you can always live
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  • joyfully in Christ.
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  • Now, here's Pastor Skip.
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: One of the most infallible signs
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  • of the presence of God is joy.
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  • It is an unmistakable badge of divine ownership.
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  • But now take and flip that coin.
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  • A gloomy Christian is a contradiction in terms.
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  • I don't think anything has hurt the church over a period of
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  • history more so than the idea that a sour, sullen,
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  • serious believer is in order.
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  • Somebody in church history came up with the idea that clergymen
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  • ought to wear black and look like gravediggers.
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  • In fact, one of the great judges of our country in times past,
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, he was an American jurist appointed
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  • to the Supreme Court of the United States under Roosevelt.
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  • He said, "I would have entered the ministry if clergymen
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  • I know didn't look and act so much like undertakers.
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  • A man who was a brilliant mind who thought of entering
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  • the ministry but he said, "No, thank you."
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  • Then there's Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish author
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  • and poet, who wrote in his journal these words
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  • as if it were extraordinary: "I went to church today
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  • and I'm not depressed."
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  • I don't know who came up with the idea that to be sanctified
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  • means to be sad but I reject that.
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  • I reject that because, after all, we are called to preach
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  • what's called the gospel which means the good news.
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  • It's not called the badspel.
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  • It's not the mediocre news.
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  • It's not just, "Oh, yeah, I've heard that."
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  • It's the good news.
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  • And it should be done with authentic joy.
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  • William Barclay said this: "The Christian is a man
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  • or a woman of joy.
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  • The Christian is the laughing cavalier of Christ."
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  • You see, a joyful believer is a beautiful believer.
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  • It's attractive.
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  • When somebody has joy, authentic real joy, not the fake plastered
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  • on stuff that so many people carry around, but the real
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  • stuff, it's attractive and people wanna know,
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  • "Where'd you get that?
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  • I wanna get me some of that.
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  • I wanna have what you have.
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  • I wanna experience what you've experienced."
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  • A joyful Christian is a good representative
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  • of the good news, the gospel.
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  • Nehemiah, when the people of his town, Jerusalem,
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  • were rebuilding the walls that had been broken down,
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  • there was a period of discouragement and sadness.
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  • He said to them, "Don't be dejected and sad for the joy
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  • of the Lord is your strength."
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  • I love that.
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  • "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
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  • Now it needs to be said and we'll be able to develop it over
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  • the next several weeks but there should be noted
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  • that there's a difference between happiness and joy.
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  • Happiness is vacillating, joy is fixed.
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  • You can be going through horrible unhappy circumstances
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  • and yet have joy.
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  • Because happiness goes up and down depending
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  • on the happenings.
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  • Happiness depends on the happenings.
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  • Happiness depends on the happenstance.
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  • Happiness is all about the hap.
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  • And you may know that the word "hap" is an old word for chance
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  • and so when the chance falls favorably toward you,
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  • you're happy.
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  • When it doesn't, you're unhappy.
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  • Did you know that two-thirds of Americans claim to be unhappy?
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  • Two-thirds of Americans claim to be discontented with life.
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  • Well, we're doing a series in the book of Philippians.
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  • We're starting today. It's called "Technicolor Joy."
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  • You say, "Why are you calling it that?
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  • And what does that have to do with the book of Philippians?"
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  • It's a fair question.
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  • Especially when you understand how the church of Philippi
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  • started and the conditions that the author
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  • who wrote this book faced.
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  • The book of Philippians was penned in 62 AD
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  • by Paul the apostle who was a jailbird.
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  • He was incarcerated in a Roman prison when he wrote this book.
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  • How did he get there?
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  • Well, he had been in Jerusalem, was falsely accused
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  • and arrested.
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  • He was taken to a place called Caesarea where he stood before
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  • several trials that went on for two years.
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  • Finally, he had had enough and he said,
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  • "I appeal my case to Caesar."
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  • He was a Roman citizen and he had the right to do that
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  • so he said, "I appeal to Caesar."
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  • So the procurator said, "You appeal to Caesar,
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  • so to Caesar you will go."
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  • So Paul was put eventually on a ship that was going to Rome.
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  • The ship sunk and another ship was afforded him and he finally
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  • made it to Rome where he is in jail and,
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  • from prison, he writes this letter.
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  • Now, Paul had always wanted to go to Rome.
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  • It was on his bucket list.
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  • He said, "I wanna go to Rome and I wanna preach
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  • the gospel there."
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  • But he expected to go to Rome as a preacher;
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  • he ended up going as a prisoner.
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  • And I just gotta say I appreciate the humor
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  • of God's will because God also wanted Paul to get to Rome
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  • but he didn't want Paul to have to pay for it
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  • so the Roman government paid for it.
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  • He was able to get arrested and get sentenced and stand trial
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  • and appeal to Caesar so the Roman government put him
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  • on a ship and took him to Rome where he writes this letter.
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  • There he is chained to soldiers who will be his companions.
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  • He will mention them in this letter.
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  • Now, Paul knows that as a prisoner his case before Caesar
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  • Nero would come up very shortly and he did not know which
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  • way it was gonna fall.
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  • He didn't know which way the hap would fall.
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  • It could be that he would be acquitted.
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  • It could be that he would be beheaded.
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  • And he knows that.
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  • And he mentions that.
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  • However, running through the fabric of all
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  • of that knowledge is the unmistakable quality of joy.
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  • Joy is in every portion of this letter.
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  • Now, every commentator that I have read and I have read
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  • several on this book--here's just a smattering
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  • of probably 30 books that I have on Philippians.
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  • These are commentaries written by scholars on the book of
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  • Philippians and they have noted that the theme of this book
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  • is joy, authentic Christian joy.
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  • So here's one, "A Study in Philippians:
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  • How to be Happy in Difficult Situations."
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  • Another one, "Philippians: The Believer's Joy in Christ."
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  • Another one, "Philippians: Life at its Best."
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  • The classic D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones:
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  • "The Life of Peace and Joy: A Study in Philippians."
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  • Swindoll's classic: "Laugh Again."
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  • "The Joy of Living" by Dwight Pentecost.
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  • And then the classic "Be Joyful" by Warren Wiersbe.
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  • All of these authors have made the discovery that this book
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  • is about authentic joy.
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  • We've called it "Technicolor Joy."
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  • "Technicolor Joy." Why?
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  • Because when color was introduced into the cinema,
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  • up to that point it had been shades of gray, black and white.
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  • 1939 rolled around and the first movie to be pushed in color
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  • was "The Wizard of Oz" and the corporate
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  • American response was "Wow!"
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  • There's just something about having color spring to life on
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  • the screen when before there were shades of gray.
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  • So this is an appropriate title, we thought.
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  • It's "Technicolor Joy."
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  • It takes you out of the shadows of grays, of just blacks
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  • and whites, and God colors your life with his joy.
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  • Even in the worst possible circumstances,
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  • we'll discover that this man Paul had the joy of the Lord.
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  • I love what a little country boy said.
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  • He was asked, "What difference has Jesus Christ
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  • made in your life?"
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  • And that little country boy said, "I feel better now
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  • when I feel bad than I used to when I felt good."
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  • I thought that was pretty good.
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  • It's sort of like saying, "The worst that God has to give me
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  • is better than the best the world gave me."
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  • The joy of the Lord.
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  • If you wanna have joy and I would venture to say
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  • everybody in this room does.
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  • If you wanna have joy, master the principles of the book
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  • of Philippians and it will be yours.
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  • You know, we're studying this book and this morning
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  • we're gonna cover one verse.
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  • If you know me, that shouldn't surprise you.
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  • But we just wanna lay the foundation.
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  • I wanna give you a little bit of background and foundational
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  • truth, but in so doing, in verse 1 of chapter 1,
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  • I wanna show you three ingredients that form a recipe
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  • of unexpected joy.
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  • We're gonna begin with the authors but let's read a couple
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  • verses: "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
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  • To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi,
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  • with the bishops and deacons,"
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  • he continues, "Grace--" Verse 2: "Grace to you and peace
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  • from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • We begin with the pair, the dynamic pair, Paul and Timothy.
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  • Now, Paul is the author of this book.
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  • Timothy is an associate of Paul.
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  • He's with him, he's an assistant but Paul is the author
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  • of this book.
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  • Now, you wouldn't have associated the emotion of joy
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  • with the person of Paul before he met Christ.
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  • You see, before Paul the apostle met Christ, what was his name?
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  • Saul of Tarsus.
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  • And Saul of Tarsus was a very religious, exacting,
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  • narrow-minded, legalistic Pharisee.
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  • Hardly anyone you would associate with being joyful.
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  • In fact, in this letter of Philippians Paul gives his
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  • background, his pedigree, so to speak, in chapter 3.
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  • I'm gonna read chapter 3, verse 5 and 6
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  • in the New Living Translation.
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  • He says, "I was circumcised when I was eight days old, having
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  • been born into a pure-blooded Jewish family
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  • that is a branch of the tribe of Benjamin.
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  • So I am a real Jew if there ever was one!
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  • What's more, I was a member of the Pharisees
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  • who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.
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  • And zealous?
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  • Yes, in fact, I harshly persecuted the church;
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  • and I obeyed the Jewish law so carefully I was
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  • never accused of any fault."
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  • Now that doesn't sound like a lot of joy is going on in Saul.
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  • Sounds like a lot of judgment is going on in Saul,
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  • a lot of jostling, a lot of jabbing,
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  • even a lot of jihad but not a lot of joy.
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  • In Acts chapter 9, Luke, the author, says this about Saul:
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  • "Saul, breathing out threats and murder against the disciples
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  • of the Lord."
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  • Do you get that language?
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  • It was the very breath, the very air he took in.
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  • He was fixated on it, preoccupied with,
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  • damaging God's people.
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  • Same section of Scripture says: "And Saul made havoc
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  • of the church, entering every house,
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  • dragging off both men and women."
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  • The word "made havoc" was a word that was
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  • often used of an animal, like a wild boar who would trample
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  • a vineyard or a garden.
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  • So this guy did damage.
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  • Doesn't sound like he's the ambassador of joy.
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  • He sounds like a terrorist.
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  • But something happened to Saul of Tarsus.
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  • Remember what it was?
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:04.070
  • Something happened to him and subsequently,
  • 00:14:04.080 --> 00:14:07.240
  • something happened in him.
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  • We know what happened to him.
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  • He got saved.
  • 00:14:12.170 --> 00:14:14.290
  • He's on the Damascus road, he gets knocked off his horse,
  • 00:14:15.000 --> 00:14:17.080
  • sees a light from heaven.
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  • Jesus talks to him: "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"
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  • He has an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • He eventually surrenders his life to him, saying,
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  • "Lord, what do you want me to do?"
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  • He meets Christ.
  • 00:14:29.200 --> 00:14:31.070
  • That's what happened to him.
  • 00:14:31.080 --> 00:14:33.090
  • Because of that, something happened in him.
  • 00:14:33.100 --> 00:14:36.140
  • What happened in him is a joy seed was planted in his heart
  • 00:14:36.150 --> 00:14:40.260
  • that day and it grew and it grew and it blossomed and it
  • 00:14:40.270 --> 00:14:44.280
  • continued to blossom and it permeated his entire life.
  • 00:14:44.290 --> 00:14:49.200
  • E. Stanley Jones, the missionary to India, said, "When I met
  • 00:14:49.210 --> 00:14:53.080
  • Jesus Christ, I felt that I had swallowed sunshine."
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  • I love that.
  • 00:14:58.280 --> 00:15:01.180
  • Paul, how do you feel? "Like I swallowed sunshine."
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  • He was different. He was changed.
  • 00:15:05.200 --> 00:15:08.270
  • And joy began to grow in him.
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  • So he went out on three missionary journeys throughout
  • 00:15:12.120 --> 00:15:15.110
  • Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey.
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  • On his first missionary journey, he goes to a place called
  • 00:15:18.110 --> 00:15:20.280
  • Antioch of Pisidia and the whole town rejects him,
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:25.030
  • rejects his missionary team.
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  • They get kicked out of town and Paul the apostle now,
  • 00:15:26.200 --> 00:15:30.240
  • along with the others, it says, "They were filled with joy
  • 00:15:30.250 --> 00:15:35.200
  • and with the Holy Spirit."
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  • For getting kicked out of town?
  • 00:15:37.020 --> 00:15:39.030
  • It's because their joy, that emotion that they had,
  • 00:15:39.040 --> 00:15:42.210
  • was tethered to something different.
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  • Not the fluctuating up and down of worldly happiness.
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  • They were filled with joy.
  • 00:15:47.280 --> 00:15:50.060
  • And this Saul of Tarsus, now Paul the apostle, God changes
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:54.290
  • him and he changes from legalism to lightheartedness.
  • 00:15:55.000 --> 00:16:02.030
  • So when he's talking about keeping the laws and rules and
  • 00:16:02.040 --> 00:16:05.170
  • regulations, like eating and drinking, you know, you would
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  • not drink certain things or you would not eat certain things, he
  • 00:16:08.290 --> 00:16:11.230
  • finally says in Romans 14: "For the kingdom of God
  • 00:16:11.240 --> 00:16:14.230
  • is not a matter of eating and drinking,
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  • but righteousness, peace, and joy."
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:22.080
  • C.S. Lewis put it so well:
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  • "Joy is the serious business of heaven."
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:30.100
  • Paul started getting really serious about joy,
  • 00:16:30.110 --> 00:16:33.250
  • making it a part of his life.
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  • So much so that when he is on his way to Jerusalem
  • 00:16:38.040 --> 00:16:42.110
  • where he gets arrested before he gets into prison
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:44.160
  • that we talked about, on his way to Jerusalem,
  • 00:16:44.170 --> 00:16:47.000
  • you know what everybody tells him?
  • 00:16:47.010 --> 00:16:49.050
  • "Don't go. Don't go to Jerusalem.
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  • They don't like you there.
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  • They're gonna arrest you there.
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  • They're gonna bind you up and it's gonna be bad
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  • if you go to Jerusalem."
  • 00:16:58.220 --> 00:17:00.060
  • So he meets with the elders of the church of Ephesus and he
  • 00:17:00.070 --> 00:17:03.160
  • says to them: "I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem not knowing
  • 00:17:03.170 --> 00:17:09.060
  • the things which will happen to me there except
  • 00:17:09.070 --> 00:17:12.250
  • that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city that chains
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  • and tribulations await me.
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  • But none of these things move me.
  • 00:17:18.260 --> 00:17:21.150
  • Nor do I count my own life dear to myself that I might finish my
  • 00:17:21.160 --> 00:17:26.140
  • course with joy, and the ministry that has been given to
  • 00:17:26.150 --> 00:17:31.160
  • me by the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:17:31.170 --> 00:17:34.170
  • How's that for living your life?
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  • I wanna finish this thing up with joy.
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:39.110
  • I don't care if they arrest me and kill me.
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  • I've got joy that cannot be taken away.
  • 00:17:42.260 --> 00:17:45.100
  • He writes to the Galatians and he says,
  • 00:17:45.110 --> 00:17:48.120
  • "The fruit of the Spirit--" he is now--that seed has grown.
  • 00:17:48.130 --> 00:17:51.250
  • He's experienced it.
  • 00:17:51.260 --> 00:17:53.060
  • "The fruit of the Spirit," he says, "is love, joy, peace,
  • 00:17:53.070 --> 00:17:58.030
  • longsuffering, goodness, kindness, gentleness."
  • 00:17:58.040 --> 00:18:02.110
  • Now we get to the book of Philippians.
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  • And there is more joy in this letter than any of Paul's
  • 00:18:04.280 --> 00:18:08.230
  • 13 Epistles that he writes.
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:12.070
  • Joy is dripping out of every verse in this book.
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  • At least 19 times in four chapters of Philippians
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:21.250
  • Paul mentions joy, rejoicing, or gladness.
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  • Nineteen times.
  • 00:18:26.230 --> 00:18:28.070
  • That's Paul.
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:29.250
  • Saul of Tarsus, now Paul the apostle, the apostle of joy.
  • 00:18:29.260 --> 00:18:34.230
  • Now we come to Timothy.
  • 00:18:34.240 --> 00:18:36.080
  • He's the second name, the third word of verse 1,
  • 00:18:36.090 --> 00:18:38.280
  • "Paul and Timothy."
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:40.130
  • And let me just say Timothy is another one you would not
  • 00:18:40.140 --> 00:18:44.030
  • naturally associate the emotion of joy with.
  • 00:18:44.040 --> 00:18:48.260
  • Timothy came from a tough home situation.
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:52.100
  • He had mixed parentage.
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  • One parent was Jewish, that was his mother, religious gal.
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  • But his dad was an unbeliever from Lystra in Asia Minor.
  • 00:19:00.210 --> 00:19:06.010
  • Now, his mother and grandmother are both named,
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:08.190
  • 2 Timothy chapter 1.
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  • His mother was named Eunice, his grandmother was named Lois.
  • 00:19:11.020 --> 00:19:15.140
  • They were both Jewish ladies who raised him in the Jewish faith
  • 00:19:15.150 --> 00:19:19.290
  • but there was this division at home
  • 00:19:20.000 --> 00:19:22.150
  • because Dad was not a religious guy.
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:25.060
  • He was an unbelieving Greek.
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:29.100
  • And then something happened.
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:31.080
  • Paul the apostle came through town
  • 00:19:31.090 --> 00:19:34.080
  • and he preached the good news, the gospel.
  • 00:19:34.090 --> 00:19:38.250
  • And Lois and Eunice, mom and grandma, heard it and they
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:42.010
  • received Jesus Christ and, by the way, so did young Timothy,
  • 00:19:42.020 --> 00:19:45.200
  • probably about 15 years of age.
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:48.260
  • Fifteen years of age.
  • 00:19:48.270 --> 00:19:51.140
  • But even at 15 years of age, he was allowed to follow Paul
  • 00:19:51.150 --> 00:19:56.040
  • on his missionary journeys and so he did.
  • 00:19:56.050 --> 00:20:00.160
  • We're not told that his father came to know Christ,
  • 00:20:00.170 --> 00:20:03.040
  • just his mother and his grandmother.
  • 00:20:03.050 --> 00:20:05.190
  • But he becomes a part of Paul's team.
  • 00:20:05.200 --> 00:20:07.250
  • He goes on his second missionary journey.
  • 00:20:07.260 --> 00:20:10.120
  • He goes to Jerusalem, carrying money that they collected from
  • 00:20:10.130 --> 00:20:13.240
  • churches to give to the church at Jerusalem and for years,
  • 00:20:13.250 --> 00:20:17.250
  • Paul, the apostle, is able to be his tutor, his mentor, his
  • 00:20:17.260 --> 00:20:21.140
  • discipler, and show him the joy of the Lord in the most
  • 00:20:21.150 --> 00:20:25.000
  • difficult of circumstances.
  • 00:20:25.010 --> 00:20:27.110
  • He becomes so important to Paul but Paul calls him,
  • 00:20:27.120 --> 00:20:31.170
  • "my son in the faith."
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:35.010
  • And he's the guy that Paul will send back
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:39.020
  • to the Philippians to represent him.
  • 00:20:39.030 --> 00:20:43.060
  • He says in chapter 2, Philippians 2, verse 20,
  • 00:20:43.070 --> 00:20:46.100
  • "I have no one who is eupsuchos,"
  • 00:20:46.110 --> 00:20:49.190
  • that's the word he uses.
  • 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:51.050
  • Likeminded.
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:52.290
  • "I'm gonna send you Timothy because in sending you Timothy
  • 00:20:53.000 --> 00:20:55.130
  • I'm thinking I'm sending you somebody who thinks
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:57.060
  • like I think, values what I value,
  • 00:20:57.070 --> 00:20:59.210
  • and sending Timothy is as good as sending me.
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:02.220
  • I have no one on my staff or that I know who is likeminded
  • 00:21:02.230 --> 00:21:07.150
  • except this young man."
  • 00:21:07.160 --> 00:21:09.190
  • That's Timothy.
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:11.040
  • We'll read more about him, consider him more as we go.
  • 00:21:11.050 --> 00:21:14.050
  • But these guys have been changed.
  • 00:21:14.060 --> 00:21:18.080
  • But here's what I want you to see.
  • 00:21:18.090 --> 00:21:21.010
  • The real reason for the joy in the lives of Paul and Timothy
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:25.240
  • is described by the very next word in verse 1.
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:29.100
  • "Paul and Timothy," what's the next word?
  • 00:21:29.110 --> 00:21:32.170
  • "Bondservants of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:21:32.180 --> 00:21:36.260
  • The reason they were joyful is because they decided,
  • 00:21:36.270 --> 00:21:39.220
  • "I'm gonna serve the Lord."
  • 00:21:39.230 --> 00:21:43.040
  • That brought 'em joy.
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:45.070
  • The word "bondservants," doulos, describes a person owned
  • 00:21:45.080 --> 00:21:49.220
  • by someone else.
  • 00:21:49.230 --> 00:21:51.230
  • It's a slave.
  • 00:21:51.240 --> 00:21:53.160
  • You say, "How do you get happy being a slave?"
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:55.160
  • Where does joy come from?
  • 00:21:55.170 --> 00:21:56.280
  • Being a slave of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:56.290 --> 00:22:00.200
  • Bondservants: a person owned by someone else who lives
  • 00:22:00.210 --> 00:22:03.280
  • to serve someone else.
  • 00:22:03.290 --> 00:22:05.180
  • When it's used in the New Testament it usually refers to
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:08.100
  • somebody who serves another willingly, voluntarily.
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:12.270
  • They are voluntarily devoted and surrender to Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:12.280 --> 00:22:18.010
  • as their master.
  • 00:22:18.020 --> 00:22:21.020
  • Now, joy is a funny thing.
  • 00:22:21.030 --> 00:22:23.170
  • It's elusive to so many people.
  • 00:22:23.180 --> 00:22:26.080
  • And that is because joy is never found by direct pursuit.
  • 00:22:26.090 --> 00:22:30.170
  • You might look for joy all day long, you won't find it.
  • 00:22:30.180 --> 00:22:34.020
  • Joy isn't found by direct pursuit.
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:36.060
  • It's a by-product.
  • 00:22:36.070 --> 00:22:38.210
  • You know, in our Declaration of Independence
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:41.120
  • we have a few guarantees.
  • 00:22:41.130 --> 00:22:42.250
  • You're guaranteed life, you're guaranteed liberty,
  • 00:22:42.260 --> 00:22:47.040
  • and you're guaranteed, tell me, the pursuit of happiness.
  • 00:22:47.050 --> 00:22:52.110
  • We have a country where people are pursuing happiness.
  • 00:22:52.120 --> 00:22:54.220
  • The problem is nobody's finding it.
  • 00:22:54.230 --> 00:22:57.160
  • Two-thirds of Americans claim to be unhappy.
  • 00:22:57.170 --> 00:23:01.170
  • They're out looking for happiness
  • 00:23:01.180 --> 00:23:03.060
  • but they are not finding it.
  • 00:23:03.070 --> 00:23:05.170
  • Because real happiness, true joy is a better term,
  • 00:23:05.180 --> 00:23:08.280
  • is not found by direct pursuit.
  • 00:23:08.290 --> 00:23:11.170
  • It's a by-product of pursuing Christ and his will.
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:17.240
  • As long as you live for yourself and try to find peace and
  • 00:23:17.250 --> 00:23:21.110
  • happiness and joy for yourself, you'll never find it.
  • 00:23:21.120 --> 00:23:24.000
  • You'll be miserable.
  • 00:23:24.010 --> 00:23:25.140
  • You'll be hard to live with.
  • 00:23:25.150 --> 00:23:27.110
  • It's when you turn from yourself to an alien will who takes over
  • 00:23:27.120 --> 00:23:32.130
  • your life and you live for him that you find joy.
  • 00:23:32.140 --> 00:23:38.090
  • You see, the more you do as you please,
  • 00:23:38.100 --> 00:23:40.180
  • the less you will be pleased with what you do.
  • 00:23:40.190 --> 00:23:45.000
  • But when you say, "Forget me, I wanna serve him.
  • 00:23:45.010 --> 00:23:48.050
  • I wanna be a bondservant of him,"
  • 00:23:48.060 --> 00:23:51.060
  • the by-product of that is joy.
  • 00:23:51.070 --> 00:23:54.120
  • Over in England, there's a great spot called Buckingham Palace.
  • 00:23:54.130 --> 00:23:59.240
  • Now, Buckingham Palace is one of the center landmarks
  • 00:23:59.250 --> 00:24:02.170
  • and places to visit.
  • 00:24:02.180 --> 00:24:04.260
  • It's a palace of the royal family.
  • 00:24:04.270 --> 00:24:07.150
  • Well, there's a flag that is flown outside of Buckingham
  • 00:24:07.160 --> 00:24:10.080
  • Palace called the Royal Standard.
  • 00:24:10.090 --> 00:24:12.260
  • The Royal Standard is the flag that is pushed up on the
  • 00:24:12.270 --> 00:24:15.170
  • flagpole whenever the Sovereign is in residence in the palace.
  • 00:24:15.180 --> 00:24:19.250
  • So if the Queen's home, flag goes up.
  • 00:24:19.260 --> 00:24:22.080
  • Or if the king's home, depending on what era of English history
  • 00:24:22.090 --> 00:24:24.250
  • we're talking about, the Royal Standard is flown.
  • 00:24:24.260 --> 00:24:27.240
  • Think of joy like that.
  • 00:24:27.250 --> 00:24:30.090
  • Joy is the flag flown over the castle of your heart
  • 00:24:30.100 --> 00:24:34.140
  • when the King is in residence there.
  • 00:24:34.150 --> 00:24:38.210
  • It's the badge, it's the sign, of a bondservant.
  • 00:24:38.220 --> 00:24:43.030
  • The King is residing in my heart.
  • 00:24:43.040 --> 00:24:46.160
  • So that's the pair.
  • 00:24:46.170 --> 00:24:48.110
  • That's the author and his associate,
  • 00:24:48.120 --> 00:24:50.070
  • Paul and Timothy, the dynamic pair.
  • 00:24:50.080 --> 00:24:52.100
  • But there's something else to notice
  • 00:24:52.110 --> 00:24:54.030
  • and that is the difficult place.
  • 00:24:54.040 --> 00:24:56.270
  • Verse 1: "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:24:56.280 --> 00:24:59.140
  • To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,
  • 00:24:59.150 --> 00:25:05.060
  • with the bishops and the deacons."
  • 00:25:05.070 --> 00:25:07.250
  • Now, did you know that Paul never wanted to go to Philippi?
  • 00:25:07.260 --> 00:25:10.130
  • At least, that wasn't on his plans.
  • 00:25:10.140 --> 00:25:11.260
  • It wasn't on his radar. He went there out of compulsion.
  • 00:25:11.270 --> 00:25:17.080
  • Not 'cause he said, "I wanna go to Philippi."
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:19.160
  • Philippi was a Roman colony, not a big deal
  • 00:25:19.170 --> 00:25:21.100
  • that he wanted to visit, at least right now.
  • 00:25:21.110 --> 00:25:23.240
  • On his second missionary journey,
  • 00:25:23.250 --> 00:25:26.210
  • his plan was to go through Galatia.
  • 00:25:26.220 --> 00:25:28.250
  • He had already been there before,
  • 00:25:28.260 --> 00:25:30.050
  • but then expand northward and southward.
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:33.100
  • That was his plan.
  • 00:25:33.110 --> 00:25:35.100
  • But he got resistance.
  • 00:25:35.110 --> 00:25:37.090
  • You know who he got resistance from? God.
  • 00:25:37.100 --> 00:25:42.130
  • God resisted him going to the places he planned.
  • 00:25:42.140 --> 00:25:47.270
  • God resisted him.
  • 00:25:47.280 --> 00:25:51.030
  • Psalm 37 says: "The steps of a good man
  • 00:25:51.040 --> 00:25:53.190
  • are ordered by the Lord."
  • 00:25:53.200 --> 00:25:54.290
  • Oh, how we love that verse.
  • 00:25:55.000 --> 00:25:56.090
  • But let me tell you another part of that truth.
  • 00:25:56.100 --> 00:25:58.050
  • The stops of a good man are also ordered by the Lord.
  • 00:25:58.060 --> 00:26:03.030
  • Sometimes, God says, "No."
  • 00:26:03.040 --> 00:26:05.190
  • I've had people say, "I've been praying for that for months
  • 00:26:05.200 --> 00:26:07.290
  • and I've got no answer from God."
  • 00:26:08.000 --> 00:26:09.240
  • Yes, you have: "No." Sounds like he said, "No."
  • 00:26:09.250 --> 00:26:12.190
  • 00:26:12.200 --> 00:26:18.160
  • announcer: The world offers a lot of things that promise
  • 00:26:18.170 --> 00:26:20.060
  • to make you happy but what you get never satisfies
  • 00:26:20.070 --> 00:26:23.050
  • and it never lasts.
  • 00:26:23.060 --> 00:26:24.150
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  • 00:26:24.160 --> 00:26:28.090
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