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Keys to Joy in Circumstances
Philippians 1:12-26
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2011-12-13 14:08:30
2012-01-18 14:12:01
Reference(s): http://www.fultonrpc.org/sermons/html/2011-08-14.html from: http://www.fultonrpc.org/dynamicSermons.php http://executableoutlines.com/phil/phil_00.htm Title: The Keys to "Joy" In-spite Circumstances Text: Philippians 1:12-26 Introduction: Attention getter related to theme Raising an appropriate need Spreading and showing the Love of Christ is not always a noble thing to the world. In fact, Jesus said that the world will hate you, because it hated me. cf. John 15:18; Matt. 10:22; John 16:33; Matt. 24:9; Acts 14:22; 1John 3:13; Prov. 29:27. http://bible.cc/john/15-18.htm Orient audience to the them State the purpose or destination of the sermon - Purpose: To encourage you to not allow difficult circumstances to prevent you from sharing the gospel. Let us look at how God can turn difficult circumstances into unusual tools to advance the gospel. Sub-introduction Setting of the context for the outline of the sermon: Paul explained to the Philippian church how he found joy in his present of three his oppositions, because he viewed them as God using them as tools to advance the gospel. CPS: Theme: What are some difficult circumstances that God sometimes puts on his people and use as tools to pioneer new advances for the gospel? Paul gives us three: Thrust: Chains of bondage (v.v. 12-14), Critics of wrong motives (v.v. 15-18), Crisis of unknown delimmas (v.v. 19-26). Outline: [Notice first, God pioneers new advances for the gospel through...] I. Chains of bondage (v.v. 12-14) A. Paul's chains gave him contact with the lost . (12-13) (Paul had a great desire to take the gospel to Rome and in places where it had not been preached. cf. Rom. 1:13; 15:20-25). Paul did get to Rome, but Little did he know the circumstances by which he would get there and be placed. Paul was in chains and placed under 24hr surveilance by the Roman authorities, not for crimes, but for Christ. But little did the Roman authorities know that by affixing chains to Paul, was not restraining the gospel, but actually releasing it to be preached in a new place. Paul's chains allowed him to be put in a place to accomplish a "pioneer advance" for the gospel. 1. He had constant contact with gaurds. (Acts 28:16) a. It is possible that some of the gaurds were converted. (Php. 4:22) 2. He had constant contact with visitors. (Acts 28:30-31) Illustration: 1. The point: Sometimes God has to put "chains" on his people in order to get them to accomplish a "pioneer advance" that could not have been done any other way). 2. Transition to illustration: We see this illustrated in Acts 16:26-34), in the story of the Philippian Jailor, 3. Illustration: whose whole household was saved as a result of hearing the gospel from Paul and Silas, who were thrown into prison because of a slave girl's owners, who lost a great source of income because them. These owners incited the townspeople against Paul and Silas and had them thrown into jail and chained up. But in spite of their chains, God gave them great peace and literally put songs in their hearts. The bible said that as they were singing, a great earthquake arose and shook the very foundations of the prison, causing every prison door and everyone prisoners bands to be loosed. Instead of every prisoner running for freedom, they remained. This astonished the jailor, who came and fell before Paul and Silas trembling with fear and asked them "What must I do to be saved." You know the rest of the story, he took Paul and Silas to his home, where he fed them and his whole household was saved after hearing the gospel. 4. Orient to Audience: This could not have been done, if Paul and Silas had not been put in chains. 5. Restate point: Sometimes God has to chain us up to places for a while or even a lifetime in order to lead the way to something new that he wants to do that couldn't have been done any other way. 1. Illustration 2: What about the story of Joni Earekson Tada, who suffered an injury from a diving accident in 1967, and was left a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. These physical chains, have lead her to become an internationally known mouth artist, a talented vocalist, a radio host, an author of 17 books and an advocate for disabled persons worldwide. She said that it was her spinal chord injury that gave her contact with people who were hurting or in pain. It wasn't her circumstance that was good, she said, but it was God who reached down and used her circumstance for her good and for his glory. Life Lessons: Where are some areas of confinement that you have seen or heard of God doing great things in spite of the circumstances? (e.g. Hospitals, Disabilities, Prison, etc.) [Paul's chains not only gave him contact with the lost, but...] B. Paul's chains gave courage to the saved . (14) 1. Paul's courage to preach the gospel in spite of his circumstances, gave other believers courage to do the same. a. They became much more bold to speak the word without fear. Life Lessons: - Paul was human just like all of us and he fears to some degree at times as well. But he did not let his fears paralyze him from speaking God's word (1Cor. 2:3-4). God can do great things through what you have to offer. - God demonstrates his power through our weaknesses (cf. 2Cor. 12:9; Php. 4:13) __________________________________________________________________ [Secondly, God, not only pioneers new advances for the gospel through chains of bondage, but he also works to pioneer new advances for the gospel through...] II. Critics of wrong motives (v.v. 15-18) (God's word is powerful, no matter what the motive is of the one who proclaims it). What should our response be to the mixed motives of proclaiming Christ? A. Preaching Christ out of wrong motives (v. 15a) ( they were lifting up them ) 1. Such individuals were motivated by envy - a desire to have the spotlight. 2. Such individuals were motivated by strife - to compete for the spotlight. [But there were those who were... B. Preaching Christ out of right motives (15b, 16) ( they were lifting up him ) 1. Such individuals were motivated by good will - a loving desire to help the cause of the one suffering for the gospel sake.] [Paul viewed these mixed motives and commended those who preached Christ our of the right motive, but here is his... C. Response to those with wrong motives ( rejoice or compete ) 1. Paul's concern was more focused on Christ being proclaimed, not the motives of those proclaiming it. Paul's main focus in life was "preaching Christ and him Crucified (1Cor. 2:2)." This caused Paul to rejoice even when Christ was preached out of wrong motives.] Life Lessons: - It is easy to get discouraged and frustrated by so-called Christians who preach to compete and lift up them rather than him. However, despite their motives, God sometimes still uses them to spread the truth of his gospel. - The false and imperfect motive teachers will be held accountable for their error; However, we can at the least rejoice that to some degree when Christ is preached. __________________________________________________________________ [We've seen that God can use our chains and critics as tools to pioneer new advances for the gospel. However, another tool that God can use is our...] III. Crisis of unknown delimmas (v.v. 19-26) (How you view the purpose of life and death when facing unknown delimmas will determine what you do with Christ). [Until God takes us home or the raptures occurs, we should... A. Magnify him by our Life ( promote progress ) 1. Why would Paul want to magnify Christ with his life? a. Because of the love of God's salvation through Christ (2Cor. 5:14-15). b. Because of the daily strength Christ gave him to live for him (Php. 4:13). c. Because of the future Christ had in store for him (Php. 3:20-21). 2. How can we magnify Christ with our lives? a. Make it our attitude to "live for Christ (v. 21). b. Make living for Christ the number one priority in our life (Php. 3:7-8). c. Be fully devoted to serving Christ amongst the brethren (Gal. 2:20) 1) Serve Christ in fruitful ways (Php. 1:22) 2) Serving Christ in fruitful ways is in promoting progress of the brethren (Php. 1:25-26) 3) What you do with the brethren, is what you do to Christ (cf. Acts 9:4-5; 1 Cor. 8:12; Mt. 25:40,45). Life Lessons: - Are you living your life in a manner that magnifies Christ amongst the brethren? In other words, are you encouraging or discouraging amongst other believers? - Be a brother who builds up, not tear down (cf. Prov. 18:9). [Not only should we magnify Christ by our life, but we should also... B. Magnify him by our Death ( don't wear out ) 1. Why would Paul want to magnify Christ with his death? a. Because of results of God's salvation through Christ, "to die is gain" ( 21b ) 1) When Christians die, they go to be with the Lord. (cf. 2Cor. 5:6-8; 1Th 5:9-10) 2) To be with the Lord after death is assured by Christ himself. (cf. Rev. 2:10,26-27; 3:21 2. How can we magnify Christ with our death? a. Even though we may not face martyrdom, don't wear out in our service to Christ and to the brethren (Php. 2:17-18) (cf. Mk. 8:34, 2Timothy 4:6-8). b. Take on the attitude of Paul in these accounts ( Acts 20:22-24; 21:13) Life Lessons: If we are going to say with Paul, "to live is Christ and to die is gain," we must be willing to magnify Christ in both life and death. Conclusion:
10000000098025 98025 Notes 2011-12-13 14:08:30 2012-01-18 14:12:01 Reference(s): http://www.fultonrpc.org/sermons/html/2011-08-14.html from: http://www.fultonrpc.org/dynamicSermons.php http://executableoutlines.com/phil/phil_00.htm Title: The Keys to "Joy" In-spite Circumstances Text: Philippians 1:12-26 Introduction: Attention getter related to theme Raising an appropriate need Spreading and showing the Love of Christ is not always a noble thing to the world. In fact, Jesus said that the world will hate you, because it hated me. cf. John 15:18; Matt. 10:22; John 16:33; Matt. 24:9; Acts 14:22; 1John 3:13; Prov. 29:27. http://bible.cc/john/15-18.htm Orient audience to the them State the purpose or destination of the sermon - Purpose: To encourage you to not allow difficult circumstances to prevent you from sharing the gospel. Let us look at how God can turn difficult circumstances into unusual tools to advance the gospel. Sub-introduction Setting of the context for the outline of the sermon: Paul explained to the Philippian church how he found joy in his present of three his oppositions, because he viewed them as God using them as tools to advance the gospel. CPS: Theme: What are some difficult circumstances that God sometimes puts on his people and use as tools to pioneer new advances for the gospel? Paul gives us three: Thrust: Chains of bondage (v.v. 12-14), Critics of wrong motives (v.v. 15-18), Crisis of unknown delimmas (v.v. 19-26). Outline: [Notice first, God pioneers new advances for the gospel through...] I. Chains of bondage (v.v. 12-14) A. Paul's chains gave him contact with the lost . (12-13) (Paul had a great desire to take the gospel to Rome and in places where it had not been preached. cf. Rom. 1:13; 15:20-25). Paul did get to Rome, but Little did he know the circumstances by which he would get there and be placed. Paul was in chains and placed under 24hr surveilance by the Roman authorities, not for crimes, but for Christ. But little did the Roman authorities know that by affixing chains to Paul, was not restraining the gospel, but actually releasing it to be preached in a new place. Paul's chains allowed him to be put in a place to accomplish a "pioneer advance" for the gospel. 1. He had constant contact with gaurds. (Acts 28:16) a. It is possible that some of the gaurds were converted. (Php. 4:22) 2. He had constant contact with visitors. (Acts 28:30-31) Illustration: 1. The point: Sometimes God has to put "chains" on his people in order to get them to accomplish a "pioneer advance" that could not have been done any other way). 2. Transition to illustration: We see this illustrated in Acts 16:26-34), in the story of the Philippian Jailor, 3. Illustration: whose whole household was saved as a result of hearing the gospel from Paul and Silas, who were thrown into prison because of a slave girl's owners, who lost a great source of income because them. These owners incited the townspeople against Paul and Silas and had them thrown into jail and chained up. But in spite of their chains, God gave them great peace and literally put songs in their hearts. The bible said that as they were singing, a great earthquake arose and shook the very foundations of the prison, causing every prison door and everyone prisoners bands to be loosed. Instead of every prisoner running for freedom, they remained. This astonished the jailor, who came and fell before Paul and Silas trembling with fear and asked them "What must I do to be saved." You know the rest of the story, he took Paul and Silas to his home, where he fed them and his whole household was saved after hearing the gospel. 4. Orient to Audience: This could not have been done, if Paul and Silas had not been put in chains. 5. Restate point: Sometimes God has to chain us up to places for a while or even a lifetime in order to lead the way to something new that he wants to do that couldn't have been done any other way. 1. Illustration 2: What about the story of Joni Earekson Tada, who suffered an injury from a diving accident in 1967, and was left a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. These physical chains, have lead her to become an internationally known mouth artist, a talented vocalist, a radio host, an author of 17 books and an advocate for disabled persons worldwide. She said that it was her spinal chord injury that gave her contact with people who were hurting or in pain. It wasn't her circumstance that was good, she said, but it was God who reached down and used her circumstance for her good and for his glory. Life Lessons: Where are some areas of confinement that you have seen or heard of God doing great things in spite of the circumstances? (e.g. Hospitals, Disabilities, Prison, etc.) [Paul's chains not only gave him contact with the lost, but...] B. Paul's chains gave courage to the saved . (14) 1. Paul's courage to preach the gospel in spite of his circumstances, gave other believers courage to do the same. a. They became much more bold to speak the word without fear. Life Lessons: - Paul was human just like all of us and he fears to some degree at times as well. But he did not let his fears paralyze him from speaking God's word (1Cor. 2:3-4). God can do great things through what you have to offer. - God demonstrates his power through our weaknesses (cf. 2Cor. 12:9; Php. 4:13) __________________________________________________________________ [Secondly, God, not only pioneers new advances for the gospel through chains of bondage, but he also works to pioneer new advances for the gospel through...] II. Critics of wrong motives (v.v. 15-18) (God's word is powerful, no matter what the motive is of the one who proclaims it). What should our response be to the mixed motives of proclaiming Christ? A. Preaching Christ out of wrong motives (v. 15a) ( they were lifting up them ) 1. Such individuals were motivated by envy - a desire to have the spotlight. 2. Such individuals were motivated by strife - to compete for the spotlight. [But there were those who were... B. Preaching Christ out of right motives (15b, 16) ( they were lifting up him ) 1. Such individuals were motivated by good will - a loving desire to help the cause of the one suffering for the gospel sake.] [Paul viewed these mixed motives and commended those who preached Christ our of the right motive, but here is his... C. Response to those with wrong motives ( rejoice or compete ) 1. Paul's concern was more focused on Christ being proclaimed, not the motives of those proclaiming it. Paul's main focus in life was "preaching Christ and him Crucified (1Cor. 2:2)." This caused Paul to rejoice even when Christ was preached out of wrong motives.] Life Lessons: - It is easy to get discouraged and frustrated by so-called Christians who preach to compete and lift up them rather than him. However, despite their motives, God sometimes still uses them to spread the truth of his gospel. - The false and imperfect motive teachers will be held accountable for their error; However, we can at the least rejoice that to some degree when Christ is preached. __________________________________________________________________ [We've seen that God can use our chains and critics as tools to pioneer new advances for the gospel. However, another tool that God can use is our...] III. Crisis of unknown delimmas (v.v. 19-26) (How you view the purpose of life and death when facing unknown delimmas will determine what you do with Christ). [Until God takes us home or the raptures occurs, we should... A. Magnify him by our Life ( promote progress ) 1. Why would Paul want to magnify Christ with his life? a. Because of the love of God's salvation through Christ (2Cor. 5:14-15). b. Because of the daily strength Christ gave him to live for him (Php. 4:13). c. Because of the future Christ had in store for him (Php. 3:20-21). 2. How can we magnify Christ with our lives? a. Make it our attitude to "live for Christ (v. 21). b. Make living for Christ the number one priority in our life (Php. 3:7-8). c. Be fully devoted to serving Christ amongst the brethren (Gal. 2:20) 1) Serve Christ in fruitful ways (Php. 1:22) 2) Serving Christ in fruitful ways is in promoting progress of the brethren (Php. 1:25-26) 3) What you do with the brethren, is what you do to Christ (cf. Acts 9:4-5; 1 Cor. 8:12; Mt. 25:40,45). Life Lessons: - Are you living your life in a manner that magnifies Christ amongst the brethren? In other words, are you encouraging or discouraging amongst other believers? - Be a brother who builds up, not tear down (cf. Prov. 18:9). [Not only should we magnify Christ by our life, but we should also... B. Magnify him by our Death ( don't wear out ) 1. Why would Paul want to magnify Christ with his death? a. Because of results of God's salvation through Christ, "to die is gain" ( 21b ) 1) When Christians die, they go to be with the Lord. (cf. 2Cor. 5:6-8; 1Th 5:9-10) 2) To be with the Lord after death is assured by Christ himself. (cf. Rev. 2:10,26-27; 3:21 2. How can we magnify Christ with our death? a. Even though we may not face martyrdom, don't wear out in our service to Christ and to the brethren (Php. 2:17-18) (cf. Mk. 8:34, 2Timothy 4:6-8). b. Take on the attitude of Paul in these accounts ( Acts 20:22-24; 21:13) Life Lessons: If we are going to say with Paul, "to live is Christ and to die is gain," we must be willing to magnify Christ in both life and death. Conclusion: notes
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2011-12-13 14:08:30
2012-01-18 14:12:01
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Philippians
Philippians 1:12-26
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I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,
so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest
that my imprisonment is for Christ.
ideaexplanation
actionresult
And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment,
are much more bold to speak the word without fear .
actionmanner
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry,
but others from good will.
alternative
The latter do it out of love,
knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely
but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then?
ground
Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed,
and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
situationresponse
for I know that through your prayers
and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed,
but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body,
whether by life or by death.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.
Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
I am hard pressed between the two.
My desire is to depart and be with Christ,
for that is far better.
But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all,
for your progress and joy in the faith,
so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus,
because of my coming to you again.
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10000000098025 98025 Arc 2011-12-13 14:08:30 2012-01-18 14:12:01 editing Philippians 1 12 1 26 Philippians 1:12-26 50 NT esv i161192 i161193 i161194 i161163 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, i161195 i161164 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest i161165 that my imprisonment is for Christ. ideaexplanation 1 actionresult 2 i161196 i161166 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, i161167 are much more bold to speak the word without fear . actionmanner 1 actionresult 2 i161197 i161198 i161199 i161200 i161168 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, i161169 but others from good will. alternative i161201 i161170 The latter do it out of love, i161171 knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. alternative ideaexplanation 1 i161202 i161172 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely i161173 but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? ground 1 i161203 i161174 Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, i161175 and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, situationresponse 2 i161204 i161176 for I know that through your prayers i161177 and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, i161178 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, i161179 but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, i161180 whether by life or by death. i161181 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. i161182 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. i161183 Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. i161184 I am hard pressed between the two. i161185 My desire is to depart and be with Christ, i161186 for that is far better. i161187 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. i161188 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, i161189 for your progress and joy in the faith, i161190 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, i161191 because of my coming to you again. 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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