Suffering Can Advance the Gospel

Philippians 1:12–14


In this lab, Pastor John revels in the fact that although bullets can stop pastors and shackles can stop missionaries, nothing can stop the gospel.

Principle for Bible Reading

Subordinating Relationship

Sentences and paragraphs are filled with different parts (clauses, phrases, etc) connected by words called conjunctions (and, so, because, for, therefore, etc).

A subordinating relationship simply means that one piece of a sentence or paragraph supports the other in some way. The pieces are not on the same level; one statement holds up the other. The main point is the one being held up by the lower, or subordinating pieces.

Study Questions

  1. If you’re sharing the gospel with a neighbor, would you tell them that being a Christian entails suffering? Why or why not?
  2. What reasons does Paul give in Philippians 1:12–14 for why his imprisonment has served to advance the gospel?
  3. Is your present suffering being utilized for the name of your Savior?