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Finding the Kingdom Trail When Trouble Comes

This is Week Five of our series on the Book of Philippians and this week Brain tackles Philppians 1:12-18 and finding what matters

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Finding the Kingdom Trail When Trouble Comes

  1. 1. Philippians 1:12-18
  2. 2. Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
  3. 3. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
  4. 4. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.
  5. 5. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
  6. 6. Falsely arrested in Jerusalem gets to preach the gospel to the crowd Death threat in Jerusalem supernaturally discovered and removed to Caesarea King waiting for Paul’s bribe people come to meet with Paul and are mentored and encouraged by him from his prison cell. Paul gets to preach to King Agrippa and his wife as well as to Festus, the Roman Governor Appeal to Caesar Escorted journey to Rome all on the ship see God rescuing them people on Malta see miracles and hear the gospel In Rome Caesar’s palace and household hear the gospel Letters written to churches
  7. 7.  Paul discovered the opportunities to serve God the whole time he was in prison.  People realized that God’s kingdom purposes were not dependent on Paul being free and were built up in their faith.  People heard the stories of Paul’s ministry in jail at Caesarea, on the sea voyage and to the very palace of Caesar - all because of his imprisonment  People were inspired by Paul’s courage to step up and take responsibility for seeing that the ministry of the gospel would continue.  Some people whose selfish ambition saw themselves in competition with Paul, began to preach the gospel more thinking that they would gain more notoriety for themselves.
  8. 8. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
  9. 9. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything…..
  10. 10. For the Scripture says, Whoever puts their trust in him will not be disappointed." ROMANS 10