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October 12, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Oct 12 at 09:36am

Philippians | A Joyful Response

Philippians 1:12-18

We can respond with joy in difficult circumstances because they remain under God’s control and He uses them to grow us and reach others with the gospel.

What has happened to you?

1. Trials are not barriers that stop us but tools in the hands of God to advance His work | Philippians 1:12

Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves…. Suffering provides the gym equipment on which my faith can be exercised. – Joni Eareckson Tada

2. Trials are bridges to reach others who would never encounter the reach and love of God | Philippians 1:13

A crisis is an opportunity for God to create a highway over which He can impact a people.

Henry and Tom Blackaby, The Man God Uses, 1998.

 3. Trials, when handled well, inspire courage and boldness in others | Philippians 1:14
4. Trials are shared in faithful relationships | Philippians 1:16
5. Trials burn away selfishness and bury conflict in order to find contentment in God’s agenda | Philippians 15, 17-18