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The Joy of Fellowship

Text: Philippians 1:1-11

Jesus Wants Us To Be Full of Joy - John 15:11 “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

The Psalmist Wrote Concerning Joy - Psalm 5:11 “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”

There Are Five Things That Were The Cause of Paul’s Joy!
1. Paul knew his position was in Chrsit (v 1, 8, 13, 20, 21, 26).
2. Paul had a passion that could not be quinched (v 18).
3. Paul had a purpose that was higher than any other (v 17, 21).
4. Paul saw his service & suffering for Christ as a privilage (v 29).
5. Paul was focused on a greater prospect (v 23, 6, 10).

Three Divisions To This Chapter Is Revealed Through The Word “Gospel”: These divisions reveal Paul’s primary focus in life!
1. The Fellowship of the Gospel (1:5).
2. The Furtherance of the Gospel (1:12).
3. The Faith of the Gospel (1:27).

Three Thoughts That Describe True Fellowship: Paul’s focus on the gospel created in him a true concern for others.
1. I have you in my mind (1:3).
2. I have you on my heart (1:7).
3. I have you in my prayers (1:9).

The First Several Verses of This Chapter Reveals The Things That Make “The Joy of Fellowship” possible.

(v.3). “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,..”

Paul had much to remember about the church at Philippi (Acts 16). The Macedonian Call (v. 6-11), They met Lydia (v. 12-15), The Demonized woman (v. 16-18), Their imprisonment (v. 19-24), The conversion of the Jailer (v. 25-34).

Paul remembered the good and the bad - Romans 8:28“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”


(v. 3). “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,..”
Paul’s memory of Philippi did not always bring back fond thoughts of good times yet he expressed gratitude - “..we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5
Gratitude Is Lacking In Christianity Today!


(v. 4) “Always in every prayer of mine for
you all making request with joy,..”
Supplication = humble and earnest entreaty.
1 Peter 5:5-7“..be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Luke 18:1-8


(v. 5) “For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;”

Fellowship [koinonia] = fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation.
We have a common salvation, a common task, a common peril, a common saviour.

Matthew 18:18-20“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

James 5:16“ Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
We need to work together!


(v. 6-7) “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers
of my grace.”

2Timothy 1:12 “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”

Heb 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

(v. 9) “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;”



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