BECAUSE OF MY CHAINS
Do you consider yourself an inspirational person? The Bible says you are! Be inspired, and also be encouraged to inspire others.
Notes And Next Steps
Philippians 1:12-14 + Part 5 of the series “Better Together"
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. (Philippians 1:12)
Like Charlie Plumb, the apostle Paul was more interested in the noble cause for which he was imprisoned than the imprisonment itself.
I am in chains for Christ. (Philippians 1:13)
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. (2 Timothy 1:7,8)
- Who’s story has inspired you to greater faith in courage?
- “What has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel” (Philippians 1:12). “Advance” = “blazing a trail for an army.” Paul saw his circumstances as ________ not _________.
- Which is more powerful? A) You recognize and see how your hardships are inspiring others. B) You must endure your hardships by faith, not realizing how they are inspiring others.