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Philippians - How To Find God In Suffering (Philippians 1:12-18)Pastor Chuck Huckaby, July 17, 2011
Part of the Philippians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Richard Wurmbrand's most famous book is "Tortured for Christ" and his work became to speak up for persecuted Christians around the world. It continues through the ministry Voice of the Martyrs.
So much fear, so much torment, so much suffering.
How could anyone go through that and still believe in God?
But more amazing is how he came through that and believed in God – ALL THE MORE risking imprisonment again because as soon as he was released the first time, he immediately went back to work serving the Underground Church in Romania!
How can WE find God in our suffering that is the question?
As we continue in Philippians 1, Paul describes his own experience of adversity and we gain his perspective on finding meaning in suffering.
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12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 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.
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 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, (ESV)