Suffering, A Catalyst For The Advancement Of The Gospel (Philippians 1:12-18)

Andy Manzo, September 9, 2017
Part of the Philippians series, preached at a Saturday Evening service

Suffering is typically something to be avoided at all costs. We spend our time, our money, and our lives devoted to staying as far away as we can from it; but what if suffering is the answer to spreading the gospel? In this sermon, we look at Paul and the advancement of the gospel through suffering and struggle. Have you embraced this part of your salvation? Are you leaning into the cross, or are you shrinking back into self-preservation?

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Philippians 1:12-18

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 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.

15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

Yes, and I will rejoice, (ESV)