Your experiences matter to God and others. Not a single one is wasted, ever, but used by God for good.

Notes And Next Steps

Philippians 1:12-14  + Part 6 of the series “SHAPE"

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. (Philippians 1:12-14)

Paul was more tuned into his purpose than his prison.

The prisoner of Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 3:1)

Paul never got tired of being captured by Christ.

[God] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)



  1. Agree or Disagree
    1. Parenting is easy.
    2. Grandparenting is easier.
    3. Roller coasters are fun.
    4. A college education is valuable. 
  1. In what way do these words of God call us to greater faith during difficult experiences? John 13:7, 2 Corinthians 1:8,9, Romans 5:3,4.
  1. Watch the Father Christmas video clip. How are God’s gifts to us very unlike typical Christmas gifts?