Sermon Passage for January 24th, 2016
Last week we learned how, in Philippians 1:12-18, the Apostle Paul says that his very imprisonment has worked to advance the the Gospel. That encourages us to see how our own circumstances, no matter what they are, are also for the greater progress of the Gospel. Join us tomorrow morning as we continue our study of Philippians. Spencer McCorkel will be preaching on Philippians 1:18-30:
"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. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have."
What does Paul mean, "to live is Christ, and to die is gain"? We will look at how the Gospel gives us the power to face even the most dire circumstances, and how we can find encouragement, and even joy, in tribulation.
We hope to see you tomorrow!
Prayer Group starts at 10:00
Coffee & Fellowship at 10:30
Worship at 11:00