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Advancing the Gospel through Foolishness

Philippians 4:21-23
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Stephen Johns

on 28 April 2013

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Transcript of Advancing the Gospel through Foolishness

Advancing the Gospel through Foolishness Philippians 4:21-23 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 vs. 18 The Gospel itself is foolishness to the lost vs. 21 The method of advancing the gospel (preaching) is foolishness vs. 25 The 'foolishness' of God far exceeds the wisdom of men vs. 27 This method of God is intended to humble mankind vs. 29 This humbling of men is so the glory of God is highlighted The Plans of Paul The Plans of God The 'Foolish' Plan for the Church God brings together people who have little in common so that by their evident love for one another; the Gospel will be put on display (Philippians 1:9-10, 27; 2:2-4, 14-15; 3:15-16; 4:2-3) God designs to use our trials and sufferings to make His glorious Gospel evident as we respond with fearless love for our adversaries (Philippians 1:28-30) God compels us to be in a local church with others that He has chosen so we can die to our preferences and humbly love them more than ourselves to conform us to Christ
(Philippians 2:5-13) God permits the church to be assaulted by false teachers that we might reject their error by pursuing Christ instead of our fleshly hedonism and arrogant self-righteous Phariseeism
(Philippians 3) God brings trials and sufferings in a systemic and progressive way that he might reveal a people that are contented in Christ alone as their satisfaction (Philippians 4:4-20) Paul's plan to go to Rome Paul's desire for his trip to Rome Romans 1:7-15 vs. 10 "Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you" vs. 11a "For I long to see you . . ." vs. 13a "Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you . . ." Romans 1:7-15 Romans 15:23-24 vs. 10b ". . . I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you." vs. 11b ". . . that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established" vs. 13b ". . . that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles." vs. 15b ". . .I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.” 15:24a "Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you . . ." Plans fulfilled Desires met Acts 28:16 "And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him." Acts 28:30 "And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him" Building of the Roman Church Building of other Churches Roman evangelism John 13:35 Matthew 5:38-38 Colossians 3:11-14 Colossians 2:16-23
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