Lesson’s from Paul

That in Nothing I shall be ashamed

 

Jason Mann
Second Man, GBBI
“That in Nothing I shall be ashamed, Living the right life is the Christ life.”
Philippians 1:20 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.
The sufferings of Paul. Written down for us to read and learn from. He didn’t suffer in vain he didn’t
suffer for doing things wrong he suffered for Christ. In Acts Paul’s direction is altered by a vision
and fruit from that change is the church at Phillpi. As we read this passage we see the
encouragement of Paul while being imprisoned. Maybe even chained to a guard, this guard is here
and cannot go anywhere he hears Paul record this letter. I am sure that the words being inspired by
the Holy Spirit penetrate the heart of this man. Paul wasn’t ashamed; he held nothing back for the
sake of the cross and the Christ that died on it.
Philippians 1:8-2:8
I. Vs 11 Scofield show us that the righteous man under law became righteous by doing
righteously; under grace he does righteously because he has been made righteous
a. Romans 10:3
b. Romans 3:22
II. Vs 12 the furtherance of the Gospel.
a. II Corinthians 11:23-12:10
b. How do we suffer? How do we hurt for the cause of Christ?
i. Personal Suffering
ii. Physical Suffering
iii. Finical Suffering
III. Vs 20 ..My hope… who is hoping that your testimony is pure
a. Boldness
b. Christ be Magnified
IV. Vs. 21 to Die Romans 6:11
a. Daily Die
b. Hourly Die
c. Minute Die
d. Second Die
e. Dead is Dead so that Christ will live through usV. Vs. 29 but also to suffer for His sake
a. Pakistan: Bibles Burned by Muslims
On Sept. 19,2010 Islamic extremists broke into the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church in Sharif Town,
Karachi City, Pakistan, and set fire to
Bibles, hymnals, a musical instrument and a table, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts.
The church, which is led by Pastors George Rakha and Peter Shahzad, was established six years ago.
“At 4 a.m., some fanatics
broke the lock of the church door and entered the church,” VOM contacts reported. “They burned
three crosses, nine Bibles, five
books of worship songs, a table and a musical instrument Tabla [local drum].”
On Sept. 20, the Christian community displayed a banner protesting the burning of their Bibles.
Christians believe this incident was a
reaction to an American pastor’s widely publicized threat to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.
Christian leaders in the U.S.
spoke out against the pastor’s plan to burn the Quran, and he ultimately decided against it. But it
seems that no Muslim leaders
spoke out against the actual burning of Bibles in Pakistan.
VOM encourages you to pray for believers in Pakistan who courageously live for Christ in the midst
of opposition. Pray that believers’ testimonies and love for Christ will draw their Muslim neighbors
into fellowship with Christ.
b.
i Girl (Name Unknown)
16 or 17 years old
Asia
1970s
The Communist soldiers had discovered their illegal Bible study.
As the pastor was reading from the bible, men with guns suddenly broke into the home,
terrorizing the believers who had gathered there to worship. the Communist shouted
insults and threatened to kill the Christians. The Leading officer pointed his gun at the
pastor’s head. “Hand me your Bible,” he demanded.
Reluctantly, the pastor handed over the Bible, his prized possession. with a sneer on his
face, the guard threw the Word of God on the floor at his feet.
He glared at the small congregation. “We will let you go,” he growled, “but first, you
must spit on this book of lies. Anyone who refuses will be shot” The believers had no
choice but to obey the officers order.
A soldier pointed his gun at one of the men. “You first.”
The man slowly got up and knelt down by the Bible. Reluctantly, he spit on it, praying,
“Father, please forgive me.” He stood up and walked to the door. The soldier stood back
and allowed him to leave.
“Okay, you!” the soldier said, nudging a woman forward. In tears, she could barely do
what the soldier demanded. She spat only a little, but it was enough. she too was
allowed to leave.Quietly, a young girl came forward. Overcome with love for her Lord, she knelt down
and picked up the Bible. She wiped off the spit with her dress. “What have they done to
Your Word? Please forgive them,” she prayed.
The communist soldier put his pistol to her head. Then pulled the trigger.
c. What are we doing to spread the Gospel, what are we doing to hinder the gospel?
IV. Vs. 7-8 No reputation
a. He humbled him self
b. God exalted himself
Conclusion
In HIStory we see how persecution is the wind that drives the spread of the gospel. Why as
Christians living in a free country are we so against being persecuted for Christ. As Paul says we
also need with earnest excpectaioins in nothing be ashamed and in everything count it a joy to be
bold in our witness for Christ for weather by death or by life we will bring glory to Him.

i
Jesus Freaks—dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs, Stories of those who stood for Jesus, (Albury Publishing,
1999) p. 50-51

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