The Gospel Gains Ground

The Gospel Gains Ground

Philippians 1:12–18

Call to Worship: Psalm 102:1-2, 8, 12

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you!
2 Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call! 

8 All the day my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse. 

12 But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations. (ESV)

Scripture Reading/Sermon Text: Philippians 1:12-18

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. (ESV) 

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