Hey ladies! We are back! On this episode, we are continuing the conversation of Philippians as we dive into chapter 1 verses 12-18. In this section, we see Paul embrace what seems like un-ideal circumstances for the advancement of the Gospel.
- Paul is writing to the church of Philippi after having some of his first interactions with people who would then become part of the church.
- While he is writing this letter to the church, he is under house arrest. This is concerning the the people of Philippi because prison is a dangerous place for Paul to be.
- For more background info on the life of Paul, check out episode 011.
- Paul would be chained to the Praetorian guard for hours when in prison and had the opportunity to share the Gospel with them.
- Because of Paul, others started to preach the Gospel more boldly and “without fear” (vs 7).
- Verse 12 says, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the Gospel.”
- The word “brothers” in Greek is “adelphoi” which means brothers and sisters, or siblings in a family. In this case, we know Paul is talking to fellow believers.
- The second part of verse 13 says, “…and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.”
- We know that Paul shared the Gospel with the prison guards, but this then reached out to other people outside of the prison.
- Verse 14, “And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”
- How many times do we fear sharing the word of God or who Christ is with the people around us? We don’t know enough, we aren’t smart enough, will they think I’m crazy?
- It is God who reveals Himself to us and allows us to see Him. So why would we be so caught up in ourselves when it comes to sharing Christ with people?
- Verse 15 says, “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.”
- Other teachers who were envious or did not support Paul preached the Gospel but with an impure heart.
- Have you ever been jealous or envious of people in a ministry setting? It is easy to compare ourselves to others and use them as a benchmark to decide how we are doing.
- Verse 18, “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.”
- Paul acknowledges that those people are preaching with impure motives, yet he rejoices that the Gospel is preached.
- Paul is a servant, and his life is not about him, so he can genuinely rejoice that Jesus receives the Gospel!
- What does it actually look like for you today to tell someone about the Lord and to ask them about their life?
- Once you see a life changed by the Gospel, it gives you more confident to preach the Gospel.
Ladies, thank you so much for joining us! We hope today’s episode encourages you. Our prayer is that you would be sanctified by God’s word as it says in John 17:17.
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-The OHT team