There is Always Joy!: Paul's Letter to the Jesus Believers at Philippi

Walking Barefoot Ministries
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THERE IS ALWAYS JOY!

PAUL was in prison. The Jesus believers at Philippi were facing increasing persecution. Add to that an undercurrent of personal disagreements and division in the fellowship, and things were not looking very bright. Yet Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” There is always joy, and in his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul shows us how to find it.

Joy saturates this letter. It shows up in unexpected turnarounds in the midst of difficult circumstances. It is found in knowing Jesus in His humble, self-giving servanthood, in the power of His resurrection ~ and even in the fellowship of His suffering. It is discovered as together we pursue the Jesus-shaped life. In this book you will also learn about:

• God’s blessing of favor and total well-being
• How divine humility is divine greatness
• The power of God at work in you to both desire and do His good pleasure
• The attitude that can fill you with joy
• The attitude that can rob you of joy
• The joy of heaven on earth
• How to replace worry with divine peace
• Paul’s secret to contentment in all things

These are “bite-size” studies to help guide you through Paul’s letter, a little at a time. At the end of each study are focus questions to help you think further about the truths Paul brings. They are open-ended questions to allow for maximum personal reflection and group discussion.

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About the author

JEFF DOLES is a Christian writer, blogger and Bible teacher in the Tampa, FL area. He and his wife, Suzanne, are the founders of Walking Barefoot Ministries. Their desire is to help you take the next step of faith in your walk with the Lord, live in the reality of His kingdom, and experience the presence and power of God in your life. His other books include Healing Scriptures and Prayers, Personal Confessions from the Psalms, Praying With Fire and The Focus of Our Faith.
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Walking Barefoot Ministries
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Published on
Apr 30, 2013
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Pages
138
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ISBN
9780982353646
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Commentary / New Testament
Religion / Biblical Meditations / New Testament
Religion / Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
Religion / Biblical Studies / Paul's Letters
Religion / Christian Life / General
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FOCUS IS IMPORTANT. The better your focus, the more clearly you can see. But it is important that your focus be on the right thing because your direction will follow your focus. When your focus is clear and on the right thing, then you will be heading in the right direction.

The gospel of our faith is the good news that the kingdom of God has come and Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed King. He is the focus of our faith — not only the One upon whom we fix our attention but also the One through whom we view the whole world, to see more clearly and understand God’s purpose with greater wisdom. That is what Paul’s letter to the Jesus believers at Colosse is about. This book is a study of that letter. In it you will learn about:

• The blessing and inheritance God has for you
• The divine power trio: faith, hope and love
• A walk that is worthy, a life that is pleasing and fruitful
• Knowing God more and more
• How all things hold together
• Where all divine fullness dwells
• The reconciliation of heaven and earth
• The good news of God’s pleasure
• The revelation of divine glory in you
• Being rooted and built up in Jesus
• The powers that have been disarmed
• Living from a higher realm
• The Word that qualifies us
• Clothes for your new life
• New life at home and in the community of faith
• The spiral of watchful, thankful prayer
• Walking in wisdom… and more

These are “bite-size” studies to help guide you through Paul’s letter, a little at a time. At the end of each study are focus questions to help you think further about the truths Paul brings. They are open-ended questions to allow for maximum personal reflection and group discussion.

KEEP THE FAITH, CHANGE THE WORLD!

When times are hard, it can be very tempting to hold on to the world and let go of the faith. The apostle Peter certainly knew what that was like when he denied Jesus three times, mere hours after pledging unshakeable faithfulness. But with the reality of the resurrection and the power of the Holy Spirit, he learned how to do just the opposite ~ to keep the faith and change the world!

In his letter to Jesus believers scattered abroad, Peter reveals not only how to keep the faith in difficult circumstances but also how to change the world by the new life that comes from Jesus ~ a life of loving, giving and serving. This book is a study of that letter. In it you will learn about:

• The new birth, the new mind, and the new life believers have in Jesus
• The new kind of people we are called to be in Him
• The incorruptible Word by which we have come to know Him
• The indestructible inheritance He has for us
• What it means to be holy
• What true freedom is and how it transforms relationships
• How to walk in fervent love and find exuberant joy beyond words
• How to arm yourself with the mind of Jesus
• How to manifest the glory and dominion of Jesus
• How to stand firmly against our true adversary... and more

These are “bite-size” studies to help guide you through Peter’s letter, a little at a time. At the end of each study are focus questions to help you think further about the truths Peter brings. They are open-ended questions to allow for maximum personal reflection and group discussion.

“Keeping the Faith When Things Get Tough is an excellent Bible Study on the book of First Peter. Jeff Doles gives us a very practical and easily understood breakdown of this important book. Based on extensive research and his well-rounded biblical perspective, Jeff takes us on an inspiring journey from start to finish. Your faith will be strengthened, and your life will be greatly enriched as you embrace these keys to victorious living out of the pages of God’s word. I highly recommend this book for everyone who loves God’s Word and wants to strengthen his or her faith for miracles in times of need.” ~ Ben R. Peters, Kingdom Sending Center. Author and international speaker
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