Lift Up The Gospel
Phil. 1:12-26 March 13:2011
Some make this statement when praying for the
preacher as they say, “hide him behind the cross” In my
opinion that may not be the best request for the one preaching. Would
it be better to pray help him to, Lift Up
The Gospel, and magnify what Jesus did for us.
1. Lift Up The Gospel Irregardless of . .
Where You Are. 1:12-14
Up The Gospel As It May Work To Your . . Advantage. 1:12-13
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that
what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advance of
gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial
guard, and to everyone else, that
imprisonment is in the cause of Christ.
B. Lift Up
The Gospel As It Will Work for The Gospels’ . . Advancement. 1:14
Most of the brothers in the Lord have gained confidence from my
imprisonment and dare even more to
the message fearlessly.
When God wants a witness
in a pagan guard house, and He did, he sent a man like Paul. If he
witness at your work or school, and He does, He sends you. We should
not witness for personal advantage but
in some situations it will bring to the witness some advantage. The
gospel advances as we share it. When new
Christians or weaker ones see us witness it encourages them and they
become stronger in their faith. My wife
certainly is an example of one weaker in witnessing skills; gaining
skill and becoming a strong witness.
Up The Gospel Irregardless of . . Who Joins You. 1:15-18
Up The Gospel Even Though Some are Personally Motivated By . . Selfish
15 To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy
and strife, but others out of good will. 16 These do so out of
knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the
others proclaim Christ out of
not sincerely, seeking to cause me anxiety in my imprisonment.
Up The Gospel Personally Motivated To . . Share Christ Everywhere. 1:15
What does it matter? Just that in every way, whether out of false
motives or true, Christ is proclaimed.
in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice
may surprise you to know some can give a witness just to spite another
who is a strong witness. What
did Paul say about that? He rejoiced that Christ was proclaimed. God
promises to bless His word not just the
messenger. We cannot share Christ everywhere so if one shares Christ
even with a wrong motive we need to
rejoice. On one occasion I made a visit just because a deacon asked me
to go and do it. I knew he would ask
me about it so I went. Do you know what happened? The Lady of this
house made a profession of faith and
gave a testimony the next Sunday in our church. I told the Lord thank
You for the power of your word and the
Holy Spirit who draws sinners to you and forgives reluctant preachers.
3. Lift Up The Gospel Irregardless of . .
What Happens In Life. 1:19-21
Up The Gospel Gaining Confidence from The People’s . . Prayers. 1:19-20a
19 because I know this will lead to my
deliverance through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus
20 My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about
B. Lift Up
The Gospel Gaining Confidence from Future . . Possibilities. 1:20b-21
. . but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly
honored in my body, whether by life
by death. 21 For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Paul gained strength
knowing people were praying for him and the work he tried to do. Paul
faced unlimited possibilities immediately, or in the future. Death for
the Christian is gain if we think about the
Lord our loved ones and all the joy and beauty of heaven. But our life
and witness in the future may very well
be used mightily of the Lord. So life and its length need to be
committed to Him.
Up The Gospel Irregardless of . . When God Takes You Home. 1:19-21
Up The Gospel Knowing the Gospel Benefits from . . Living. 1:22-24
22 Now if I live on in the flesh, this means
fruitful work for me; and I don’t know which one I should
23 I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with
Christ -which is far better-
but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.
Up The Gospel Knowing The Gospel Benefits from . . Longevity. 1:25-26
Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue
with all of you for your progress
joy in the faith, 26 so that, because of me, your confidence may grow
in Christ Jesus when I come to
Paul claimed not to know
which he would choose between earth and heaven. He felt if he lingered
earth he would help new Christians grow and become stronger. Paul left
it in the hands of the Lord and trusted
Him to make the best decision. Can you realize the joys you experienced
in the past several years that you
would not have shared if you died earlier? I like looking back and
remembering good things that happened. Watching grandchildren growing
in their faith and maturing as Christians is certainly fun. We recently
young man surrender to preach and when he preached his first sermon
everyone was very pleased at how well
he did. So whether we live or die let us desire to Lift Up The
Gospel. Amen? Amen!