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Summary: Paul is in love with the One who redeemed him; he's enthralled; 100% totally devoted. Paul teaches that he can rejoice when Christ is preached because it is Jesus who redeems mankind ... can we say the same about our life?

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“A Prisoner for the Gospel (Part 1)”

Philippians Sermon Series, Part 3

Philippians 1:12-18

Introduction

- Last time we saw several Paul’s heart in how he prayed earnestly for the church

- Part 1: Verse 9

-- That your love, that the very inner part of your being and who your are

-- Grow more and more as you grow closer to Christ every day

-- “Knowledge” deals with general principles (things that are taught to you)

-- But when he uses “insight” he’s referring to how it is applied in your life

-- Meaning: That we would learn how to apply love even more than before

- Part 2: Verse 10

-- To do the things that He has commanded us to do (see Great Commission)

-- Paul is calling us to be wise, to know how to apply the things of God daily

-- IMP: That we would KNOW how to use God’s word in application of living

-- APP: That we would learn how to love people like God loved us

- Now … what happens when you put Verse 9 and 10 together in life application?

-- Real simple … LOOK AT ME … “Love God, Love People”!

-- IMP: We should be persons faithful to our love for Him and to share Him

-- That when Christ appears, we would be found working and without blame

- Part 3: Verse 11

-- First, he prays that they’d (we’d) be filled with righteousness

- And that this filling would happen, “to the glory and praise of God”!

-- The Disciples felt this very same way: Acts 4:20, “As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

- Paul’s prayer is because His affection is so great for the Body he must tell

- Today (and Wed), we will examine what it means to be a prisoner of the Gospel

- Read Philippians 1:12-18

∆ Point 1 – Preaching Strengthens the Church

- If you notice, Paul once again identifies himself as a prisoner of Christ

-- He is literally one who is enslaved by, or captured by, His Lord and Savior

-- But, the obvious question we’d ask is this: “Why?” Why would he do this?

- Well first, we need to understand the context in which he writes (v12)

-- “Brothers and sisters” refers solely to believers in Christ

-- The word used here is “adelphoi”; those who are parts of God’s family

- “Actually served” is a confirmation that what’s happening is a good thing

-- We’d immediately think of being a prisoner as something negative

-- It has negative connotations from our social climate because it is punishment

-- APP: Rather, Paul says it has served the HELP ADVANCE the ministry

- Why? Because (v13) the entire palace knows who he lives and serves

-- It has actually proven as an opportunity for him to witness for Christ

-- Imagine this: You are a Roman guard, faithful to Rome, charged with guarding

-- And ... day and night all you get to listen to is THIS NUT who loves Jesus!

- But even more so, Paul uses this as an opportunity to testify … constantly

-- It is not about him, or his situation, but who God is in his life


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