12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[b] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[c] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 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.
15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
small group questions…
Take a moment and re-read Philippians 1:12-19, 30. Is there anything that stands out as you read these verses for a 2nd time?
Bad days seem to be a part of life. Can you recall a bad day that you’ve had recently – or a day when nothing went your way? How did you react?
Paul was obviously in a place where he didn’t want to be (prison), but was somehow able to make the best of his situation. Can you think of a time in your life where you just weren’t in a good place (physically, emotionally, spiritually)? Why was it so difficult to be positive in the midst of that circumstance?
Can you think/share about a time when you were encouraged as a result of someone else’s hardship? How did their attitude encourage/inspire you?
What do you love most about being a part of a growing community? Why is it so important for a Christ follower to be a part of healthy community?
The church in Philippi was an eclectic group of people from all walks of life – and Paul loved them for it. Does this describe the church of today? Or our church specifically? Why is diversity within community so important?
Check out Galatians 6:2. Why is it important (within community) to ‘bear each other’s burdens?’
Optional: Is there something that you’re passionate about that you’d like to share with the group? How can a church community support you in making this dream a reality?