The desert can be a barren, desolate place that seems devoid of life.

Some of the words we might associate with being in the desert are lifeless, arid, wasteland or isolation. But the word joy would be completely unexpected. In Unexpected Joy, you will be introduced to practical tools that will help you gain a new understanding of the book of Philippians. Through this study we believe you will be able to experience God’s unexpected joy even in the most desolate seasons of life.

Personal Study 

Each week, study notes will be provided to help you grow in your understanding of the passage. You will be introduced to the SOAP method for your personal reading, reflection, and application. We recommend that you set aside 30 minutes each week for your personal study.

Life Group

We are better together! This study is designed to be experienced with a group. You and your group members will bring what you learn from your personal study and sermons to discuss how to live out these truths.

Sermon Notes

Each Sunday, there will be a sermon from the book of Philippians at all Purpose Church campuses. Use the Sermon Notes page to take notes. If you miss any of the sermons, you can watch or listen to them here.

Study Resources

Week 1

A Good Work

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:1-11

Week 2

In Chains

“It has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord.”

Philippians 1:12-30

Week 3

Mind of Christ

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Philippians 2:1-18

Week 4

Better Together

Just as these trees stand together, Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus stood and served together. We were not meant to live or serve alone, but to value teamwork and community.

Philippians 2:19-30

Week 5

Loss vs Gain

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”

Philippians 3:1-11

Week 6

Pressing On

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:12-4:1

Week 7

Peace

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:2-9

Week 8

Being Content

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”

Philippians 4:10-23

We Are Better Together

This study is designed to be experienced with a group. You and your group members will bring what you learn from your personal study and sermons to discuss how to live out these truths. Sign up today and we’ll make sure to get you into a Life Group that fits for you.