Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:34-36). The Apostle Paul was a man who proved Jesus’ words. It was not Paul’s circumstances, but Paul’s Christ that is the reason of his rejoicing in Philippians 1:12-18.
As you prepare for our weekly gathering, please read Phil. 1:12-18. Ask yourself these questions:
- What does Paul care about?
- What does Paul not seem to care about?
- Why does it appear that Paul goes “soft” on those that are not preaching Christ with the right motive? (Consider Phil. 1:15, 17). How is Paul’s perspective and reaction different than Galatians 1:8-9 or 2 Cor. 11:4, 13-15?
- According to Phil. 1:12-18, what is Christian joy?
See you Sunday! It’s Youth Sunday! Pray for the teens as the lead us in worship.