This past Sunday, I concluded my study of Philippians chapter 1 with a message on verses 29-30, entitled, “The Gift of Suffering.” Here is the sermon skeleton:
TITLE: “The Gift of Suffering”
TEXT: Philippians 1:29-30
SERIES: PHILIPPIANS: PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL
THEME: The gift of suffering
POINT: Christian suffering is a gift from God to be embraced and endured with joy.
TRANSITION: Consider with we me three things these two verses teach us about Christian suffering.
I. The privilege of Christian suffering (1:29)
A. Belief in Christ is a gift from God: “For it has been granted to you for the sake of Christ not only to believe in him“
B. Suffering for Christ is a gift from God: “but also to suffer for his sake“
II. The purpose of Christian suffering (1:29) – “for the sake of Christ”/”For his sake”
A. Our suffering advances the gospel of Christ
B. Our suffering advances our growth in Christ
III. The proof of Christian suffering (1:30)
A. We are engaged in a spiritual conflict: “engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and hear that I still have”
B. We are engaged in the same conflict: “engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and hear that I still have“