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January 29, 2023 - Joy in life or death - Philippians 1:19-26 - Pastor Stephen Puett

  1. Deliverance from prison (V. 19)

Three reasons for Paul’s confidence…

A. Prayers of the saints

B. The Spirit’s providential moving

C. Salvation of the guards

2. How to establish poise and confidence in hardships (V. 20)

A. Intense concentration

To live a quality Christian life takes concentration

B. Hope

C. Honor Christ in your body

Christ receives magnification by our actions

Luke 1:46-47 - And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 - Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

3. Joy in life or death (V. 21-24)

A. Life = Christ

Colossians 3:4 - When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

2 Corinthians 4:10 - always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

When I live this way then it will result in…

Fruitful labor (V. 22)

Better for others (V. 24)

B. Die = gain

Two Reasons Paul will live…

  1. Progress in the faith

1 Timothy 4:15 - Practice these things, immerse yourself in them. So that all may see your progress.

2. Joy in the faith