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1 Phil. 1:7 …I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

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1 1 Phil. 1:7 …I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. [By Ron Halbrook]

2 2 THE HEART of the PREACHER Introduction: 1.We see into Paul’s heart: Love the gospel, suffer to uphold it! Love brethren who share this commitment! 2. This is the spirit of every true Christian.

3 3 3. Chapter 1 reveals his unselfish commitment to serve God, save the lost, & edify the saved: Vv. 3-8 Thankful to God & Brethren for Privilege to Preach Vv Concern for Spiritual Growth & Maturity of Brethren Vv Focus on Spread of Gospel Above Personal Trials Vv Seek to Magnify Christ in Life & Death Vv Urge Saints: Stand Fast, United

4 4 THE HEART of the PREACHER I. Vv. 3-8 Thankful to God & Brethren for Privilege to Preach

5 5 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

6 6 THE HEART of the PREACHER I. Vv. 3-8 Thankful to God & Brethren for Privilege to Preach A. Heart Filled with Prayer & Thanksgiving 1 Thess. 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” Count blessings or complaints? Grow nearer to the heart of God

7 7 THE HEART of the PREACHER I. Vv. 3-8 Thankful to God & Brethren for Privilege to Preach B. Fellowship: Spiritual Unity, Relationship, Participation Vv. 5, 7 “fellowship in the gospel,” “partakers of my grace”

8 8 THE HEART of the PREACHER I. Vv. 3-8 Thankful to God & Brethren for Privilege to Preach B. Fellowship: Spiritual Unity, Relationship, Participation 1 Jn. 1:3 With the Father, the Son, & all saints That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

9 9 THE HEART of the PREACHER II. Vv Concern for Spiritual Growth & Maturity of Brethren 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

10 10 THE HEART of the PREACHER II. Vv Concern for Spiritual Growth & Maturity of Brethren A. Grow in Love, Knowledge, & Judgment Context of true growth: love— unselfish spirit of serving God & man Seek more knowledge in love Judgment, discernment grows from love & knowledge Learn facts, then concepts, then practical application

11 11 THE HEART of the PREACHER II. Vv Concern for Spiritual Growth & Maturity of Brethren B. Approve Things that Are Excellent, Distinguish the Things that Differ Right & wrong, good & evil Matters of revealed faith & matters of personal conscience

12 12 THE HEART of the PREACHER II. Vv Concern for Spiritual Growth & Maturity of Brethren C. Result of Maturity: Bear Fruit of Righteousness All fruit of the Spirit, all Christian graces, life a blessing to all men If lack discernment: fruit will be sin, apostasy, friction, disruption

13 13 THE HEART of the PREACHER III. Vv Focus on Spread of Gospel Above Personal Trials

14 14 THE HEART of the PREACHER III. Vv Focus on Spread of Gospel Above Personal Trials 12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

15 15 III. Vv Focus on Spread of Gospel Above Personal Trials 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

16 16 THE HEART of the PREACHER III. Vv Focus on Spread of Gospel Above Personal Trials 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

17 17 THE HEART of the PREACHER III. Vv Focus on Spread of Gospel Above Personal Trials A. Spirit of Joy Overshadows Personal Suffering B. Vv Trials caused by unbelievers Result: Paul preaching in bonds, other men preaching not in bonds

18 18 THE HEART of the PREACHER III. Vv Focus on Spread of Gospel Above Personal Trials C. Vv Trials when betrayed by brethren Spirit of competition: criticize Paul to promote themselves Paul: no competition, no bitterness, no retaliation Result: gospel spread by men of right & wrong spirits Paul rejoiced!!! Heart filled with love, defend the gospel not self

19 19 THE HEART of the PREACHER IV. Vv Seek to Magnify Christ in Life & Death

20 20 IV. Vv Seek to Magnify Christ in Life & Death 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

21 21 IV. Vv Seek to Magnify Christ in Life & Death 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

22 22 THE HEART of the PREACHER IV. Vv Seek to Magnify Christ in Life & Death A. Magnify Christ by Serving Him How? Live to teach, strengthen, & encourage the brethren Magnify & serve Christ by serving our brethren Widow, sick, lonely, sad, aged Young, weak, strong, tempted, discouraged, struggling, growing

23 23 THE HEART of the PREACHER IV. Vv Seek to Magnify Christ in Life & Death B. Magnify Christ if Die in Faithful Service to Him Great reward, greatly desired! “to die is gain” “to be with Christ … far better”

24 24 THE HEART of the PREACHER IV. Vv Seek to Magnify Christ in Life & Death C. Christ Magnified by a Life of Unselfish Service Selfish life: Seek to be served Immediate gratification Use, manipulate, deceive others Unselfish life: Yield, delay our wishes, preferences, & advantages to serve others

25 25 THE HEART of the PREACHER V. Vv Urge Saints: Stand Fast & Stand United

26 26 V. Vv Urge Saints: Stand Fast, United 27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

27 27 THE HEART of the PREACHER V. Vv Urge Saints: Stand Fast & Stand United A. Godly Lives, Firm Faith, United Efforts to Spread & Defend the Gospel Fight together for the truth Fight Satan, not each other Geronimo: There are so few of us, we cannot afford to fight each other. (His band of 36 surrendered 1886) Defend gospel, oppose false doctrine (not every detail, judgment, opinion)

28 28 THE HEART of the PREACHER V. Vv Urge Saints: Stand Fast & Stand United B. Not Discouraged by Persecution Christ suffered Paul suffered Saints at Philippi suffered Saints today suffer Steadfast in suffering: points to final victory

29 29 THE HEART of the PREACHER Invitation: 1.Open our hearts to God: Gal. 3:26-27 Become a child of God “by faith in Christ Jesus… baptized into Christ” Acts 8:22 Restored if repent, pray Love the gospel, suffer to uphold it! Love brethren who share this commitment!

30 30 2. Let God fill & mold your heart: Thankful to Serve God & Brethren Concern for Spiritual Growth Focus on Spread of Gospel Magnify Christ in Life & Death Stand Fast & Stand United THE HEART of the PREACHER


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