Fr. Nicholas Louh is the Pastor of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, FL. Visit his parish website for more resources and information to help you in your walk of faith https://stjohnthedivinejax.org/
In this second of a four-part series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians, Fr. Nicholas Louh recounts the background of the church in Philippi. This was a church just ten years old that was struggling with a variety of problems. He instructs us that Ephesians, Colossians, and Philippians are known as the “Prison Epistles,” written while St. Paul was in jail. Keeping that frame of reference in mind, St. Paul asks the Philippians “to make him happy” by living in the joy of Christ, despite his hardships. St. Paul reminds us that there will be things that become “joy-killers.” We are to do nothing from self-ambition. We have as our model Jesus, who emptied Himself and took the form of a servant.
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