BIBLE ON THE BLOCK

What does Scripture look like on the streets? Here are reflections from regular folks in our church, sharing how each Sunday’s text relates to your everyday life.

Be Happy Through Gratitude (Philippians 4:6-9)

Be Happy Through Gratitude (Philippians 4:6-9)

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). Okay, so we all...

Be Happy by Pursuing Peace (Philippians 4:2-5)

Be Happy by Pursuing Peace (Philippians 4:2-5)

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2) We've all faced relational conflicts—whether as a toddler scrapping over toys, as a teenager feeling left out, or as an adult butting heads with coworkers and family members. But Paul offers us...

Be Happy by Reaching Forward (Philippians 3:12-4:1)

Be Happy by Reaching Forward (Philippians 3:12-4:1)

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead. (Philippians 3:13) I generally don’t watch a lot of television. In fact, there were a couple of decades when I didn’t even own a television. But despite all the hype and...

Be Happy in Loss (Philippians 3:1-11)

Be Happy in Loss (Philippians 3:1-11)

More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord... so that I may gain Christ and be found in him. (Philippians 3:8-9) What is the controversial take that Christians have? Oh, boy. First, you won't...

Be Happy by Emulating (Philippians 2:19-30)

Be Happy by Emulating (Philippians 2:19-30)

For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests; all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:20-21) Paul was confined in a Roman prison and was concerned about the believers in Philippi. He could not go and...

Be Happy by Shining (Philippians 2:12-18 )

Be Happy by Shining (Philippians 2:12-18 )

"...among whom you shine like stars in the world." (Philippians 2:15) I've never been one to scroll through the news much. I get easily frustrated and cynical with the way things are, so instead of falling down that pit of despair, I just don't give it much attention....

Be Happy by Serving (Philippians 2:1-11 )

Be Happy by Serving (Philippians 2:1-11 )

The city of Philippi was founded in 356 B.C. by the father of Alexander the Great, King Philip of Macedon. He drained the swamps, built infrastructure and placed settlers there to protect the local gold mine. In 44 B.C., Mark Antony and Octavian of Rome defeated the...

Be Happy in Christ (Philippians 1:21-30)

Be Happy in Christ (Philippians 1:21-30)

For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21) Do you want to be happy? Americans believe in pursuing happiness. But many things in the world that promise happiness don’t last. Something that seems like life, can also bring death. For example, if you...

Be Happy in Suffering (Philippians 1:12-20)

Be Happy in Suffering (Philippians 1:12-20)

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually advanced the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard, and to everyone else, that my imprisonment is because I am in Christ. (Philippians 1:12-13)...

Be Happy in Community (Philippians 1:1-11)

Be Happy in Community (Philippians 1:1-11)

You are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. (Philippians 1:7) God designed this life to be lived not independently, but interdependently. When you think of the big time players during the first...