Choose the Courageous Way (Philippians 1:12-20)
Gearl Spicer, June 13, 2021
Part of the Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Philippians 1:12–20 (Listen)
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 selfish ambition, 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, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 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.
Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever
Choose the Courageous Way
Do you face life in a courageous way?
*Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have
Turned out for the greater progress of the Gospel…vs. 12
*…and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my
Imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the Word of God without
fear. vs. 14
*What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ
is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. vs. 18
Courage empowers us to look beyond circumstances to Christ!
I. Convictions not circumstances embolden life - vs. 12-16
A. Progress purposed in Jesus advances
B. Courage impacts others to obey
C. Motives must be centered in Jesus
II. Consistency leads to joy - vs. 17-18
A. Ambitions and motives demand purity
B. Living for Him leads to joy
C. Daily choices lead to lifelong commitment
III. Boldness opens our lives to victory - vs. 19-20
A. Prayer and His presence are essential
B. Expectations centered in Jesus lead to hope
C. Never forget the reason we are here
Will you choose the courageous way?