You may have found yourself reflected from the pages of Paul's letter to the Phillipians - the subject of 'Serving with Joy'. Why? Because in many respects the Christians in first-century Philippi were very similar to evangelical Christians today. They were orthodox in belief. They were faithful to the gospel. They seemed to harbor no gross sins. But they nevertheless had need of encouragement and instruction. In 'Serving with Joy', Stephen A. Grunlan concentrates on the practical aspects of Paul's short letter: being like-minded, the cost of commitment, dealing with struggles, overcoming attitudes. "I have attempted to avoid heavy theological issues and details that are of limited scholarly interest," he says. "Rather, I have attempted to look at Paul's practical counsel and draw application for us today." 'Serving with Joy' is also ideal for personal study. Thought questions at the end of each chapter help summarize the book's content and stimulate reflection.
Stephen Grunlan is Senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Overland Park, Kansas. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Nyack College and has earned graduate degrees at Wheaton Graduate School and the University of Illinois. He completed his doctoral studies at Luther Theological Seminary. Dr. Grunlan has taught at Moody Bible Institute, Crown College, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Missouri. He has served churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California.