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Rejoicing in the Advance of the Gospel - Philippians 1:12-26

August 02, 2020 Doug Enick
Doug Enick's Podcast
Rejoicing in the Advance of the Gospel - Philippians 1:12-26
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Doug Enick's Podcast
Rejoicing in the Advance of the Gospel - Philippians 1:12-26
Aug 02, 2020
Doug Enick

In this passage, Paul addresses the concern the Philippians had for him in his imprisonment.  Essentially, he tells them not to worry about him.  And he gives several reasons.  We find the first in verse 12.  He says, I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel (v. 12).  This is the most important thing for him.  Not what happens to him personally, but how things fare with the gospel.  Not what trials and difficulties he endures or what pains he suffers or even whether he lives or dies.  The most important question is this, Is the gospel being advanced or is it being impeded by his imprisonment?  This is the measure by which he assesses his circumstances.  Not whether they are easy or difficult to bear, but what affect do they have on the advance of the gospel?  

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In this passage, Paul addresses the concern the Philippians had for him in his imprisonment.  Essentially, he tells them not to worry about him.  And he gives several reasons.  We find the first in verse 12.  He says, I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel (v. 12).  This is the most important thing for him.  Not what happens to him personally, but how things fare with the gospel.  Not what trials and difficulties he endures or what pains he suffers or even whether he lives or dies.  The most important question is this, Is the gospel being advanced or is it being impeded by his imprisonment?  This is the measure by which he assesses his circumstances.  Not whether they are easy or difficult to bear, but what affect do they have on the advance of the gospel?