13 February 2022 (am) – Philippians 1:12-26
|Andy Bruins preaching from Philippians on Sunday 13th February 2022.|
The Apostle Paul is writing to his friends from prison. The great thing that unites them in fellowship is not just love for each other but a love for the gospel; they all long to see Christ preached to the ends of the earth.
In this section Paul gives his friends a number of persuasive reasons for why, despite the adversity he is facing, they can be sure that God is in control and that Christ is indeed being preached more and more!
Q Why is it so hard sometimes to see God’s good purposes at work when we are going through trials?
Q How has what has happened to Paul advanced the Gospel?
Q How does what Paul says in v18 affect the way that we might look at people, churches and organisations that we might not fully agree with?
Q How does what Paul says in v19 connect with his bold statement in v6? (it is probably best to take the “deliverance” spoken of in v19 to mean “salvation” [as the NIV footnote indicates] – i.e. God’s salvation plan for Paul).
Q What makes Paul rejoice? (see v4 and v18) Does it make you rejoice? Why / why not?