Joyfully Speak the Gospel

Philippians 1:12-18

Joyfully Speak the Gospel
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Sermon Notes


Big idea: Paul gives us powerful examples of joyful gospel proclamation. 

Philippians 4:9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 

1. Joyfully speak the gospel…in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Philippians 1:12-13 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.

James 1:2-4

Romans 5:3-5

  • What difficult circumstances are you facing that could be used as platforms to speak the gospel?
  • How can you rejoice in Christ in the midst of your difficulty so that you can be proclaiming Him?

2. Joyfully speak the gospel…with boldness because of your confidence in the Lord. 

Philippians 1:14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 

  • How are you boldly speaking the Word of God without fear?
  • How can you develop your confidence in the Lord?

3. Joyfully speak the gospel…in loving partnership with others. 

Philippians 1:15-17 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.

  • Who are you partnering with in gospel proclamation?
  • How are you developing your love for others?

4. Joyfully speak the gospel…rejoicing in Christ. 

Philippians 1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. 

  • How are you rejoicing in the proclamation of Christ?
  • How can you grow in your joy in Christ?

Gospel Partnership Discussion Questions

  1. What is it about the gospel of Christ that you are rejoicing in today?
  2. How can I joyfully speak the gospel in my work, school and friendships?
  3. How can we joyfully speak the gospel in our home?
  4. What can our growth group do to encourage each of us to be speaking the gospel to those around us?
  5. How can our growth group sacrifice and grow to open up further opportunities to speak the gospel?
  6. How can our church grow in using our resources to speak the gospel to the community around us?

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