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The Value of the Gospel (Philippians 1:18-25)Matthew Hiatt, March 5, 2017
Part of the Bold in Chains - Paul's Letter to the Philippians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
83% of Americans claim Christianity, but would Christianity claim 83% of Americans? Paul describes a gospel that isn't average. It isn't mediocre. It isn't a "nice addition" to a good life. It is everything. "For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain."
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18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, (ESV)