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Joy: A Study of Philippians

by Deb Burma

Item #: 204259 / 2019 / Paperback / 216 Pages


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Rejoice! Every day.

Sure, we find joy in our triumphs, but not so much in the trials. Yet real joy, genuine joy, is always ours in the saving grace of Christ Jesus.

This close look at Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, the “letter of joy,” unpacks messages of contentment, confidence, humility, and hope—all found in Christ and infused with joy—in the mountaintop moments and in the mundane.

Enclosed are eight weeks of study, divided into forty short sessions, to help you realize the gifts from God’s hand more fully. Ample materials are provided to make the sessions flexible for personal or group use and to accommodate changing schedules and individual needs. Targeted study, discussion and reflection questions, and life-application challenges guide you in your exploration of joy.

About the Author
Deb Burma is a sought-after speaker for women’s conferences, retreats, and ministry events. She is the author of several books, Bible studies, and devotionals, including Stepping Out, Living a Chocolate Life, and Beautiful Feet. Deb is a follower of Jesus, a pastor's wife, and a mom. She's a blogger, a women's ministry leader, and a self-proclaimed coffee/chocolate connoisseur. And she signs this letter to you “Joyfully yours.” To learn more, visit her author page.

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Joy in Christ Jesus

I have read the book of Philippians many times. When I began to read and study Deb Burma's book "JOY, I found not only the word "Joy" but the feeling of Joyful in the words in Philippians. I love Deb's book "JOY" as she brought words in Philippians alive by showing what Joy is when we have it in Christ Jesus.

Joy in Christ alone

JOY The Bible study group I facilitate is studying the book Joy by Deb Burma. We have completed the first two weeks (only meeting twice a month). Comments from the women include—easy to follow, short sections for each day, the answers are in the back so we can see if our thinking is on the right track. Our pastor has reviewed the book and is pleased with all of the references and extra insight they give to the reader through the Special Delivery side notes. Though it is Paul writing to the Philippians it reads like God writing to us. Even with life’s troubles—including death — we can have joy if we see that it comes from Christ alone, from his grace and mercy to us. Deb leads us on that path with real examples and gives us action steps to share this joy with others. The discussion questions are thought provoking and lead us to think of how we can see things God’s way instead of our way.

Karen Sue
Want JOY?

Want JOY, no matter what difficult circumstances surround you? Experience JOY as you study the words God has for us in the book of Philippians. I loved the format of this refreshing book. Deb Burma masterfully interweaves the words of the Bible along with personal stories, insightful reference materials, helpful cultural and historical information, thought provoking questions, (and answers in the back), daily JOY challenges, and even free downloadable videos. I highly recommend this book for a personal Bible study or for a group Bible study.

JOY in Christ and our everyday lives!

This Bible study is so rich with truth, that I can't help but smile! I love that Burma unpacks Philippians in small chunks, allowing readers to really dig into the Word while keeping each snippet in context of the whole book. Focused on Christ, and the JOY we have in Him, this study format works well for both individual and group study. She provides tons of extra context and information throughout the margins of the entire study, engaging individuals no matter their comfort level with studying Scripture. By the end of the study, participants will see both of the JOY they have in Christ, and the joy in everyday life. Combining Biblical context, a verse-by-verse study of Philippians, and practical applications in our lives today, JOY is a study that people of all age ranges and walks of life will relate to and benefit from.

Versatile, Relatable, Applicable and - you guessed it - JOY-full

Whether you are looking for a personal study or a group study, I highly recommend Joy: A Study of Philippians. It has much to offer - a personal style of writing, in-depth Scripture study, insightful questions, real-life application, and ways to respond on social media (JOY snapshots) or in personal journaling. Deb Burma will - through Paul's Letter to the Philippians - unpack the joy found in Christ and guide the reader to recognize it in everyday living.

A wonderful study reminding us that joy in Christ is part of our whole Christian life!

This wonderful Bible Study based on Philippians promises much more than just a surface "happy happy joy" feeling. (Although, our emotions are also God's gifts...maybe even some joy dancing, too?!) Deb Burma encourages us to draw from that deep, abiding "joy of the Lord as our strength" in all situations of life, even in our conflicts and sorrows. We are reminded that in Christ we have joy because our salvation is the root of all joy and joy is also a fruit of the Spirit. I appreciate her research of historical facts and the occasional Greek and Hebrew text to add depth, meaning, and sound doctrine. Each week you may study and explore personally or as a group and be reminded how joy in Christ is part of our whole Christian life!

An easy-to-relate study full of encouragement connecting us to everyday joy in Jesus

This study, using everyday language, makes it easier to connect to what can be everyday JOY (even in hard times), by helping me relate Paul's letter to Philippians into my everyday faith life. I love the easy-to-relate-stories, the homework I can work through in reasonable time (which includes questions, fill in the blanks and self-reflection invitations), the joyful challenges for each day, the special delivery extra info in the margins, and the "answers" available to me in the back if I want something spelled out. I'm enjoying doing it on my own, but it's also set up for a group study, with a group page at the end of chapters, to promote community sharing and encouragement. I hope to also use it this way soon! I can already see it changing my perspective and focus to be where Christ wants it to be, to a place of delight, peace, and thankfulness, as well as a place of hope, encouragement and perseverance.

A wonderful study for individuals for groups!

I have fallen in love with this Bible Study on Joy. Whether you have studied Philippians many times or maybe you have only thought about it; this book is for you. Deb has taken each verse and unwrapped it just for you. As you go through the study, God will meet you in each moment. He will fill you with His peace and His joy. This Bible Study is a gift!

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