The Unbound Gospel
8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1. What has happened to Paul and why is it so unlikely, humanly speaking, that it would result in gospel advancement? Can you think of other times in Scripture when the gospel advanced against all odds?
2. How can you better see all of life as ripe for gospel advancement?
3. Why is it so crucial to connect the gospel to the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ? What other “gospels” do we commonly hear that actually are not?
4. Consider Paul’s interaction with his guards and his response to those with impure motives. What does this tell us about his focus? Would this focus change anything in your life? How?
5. In 2022, how can you use the advance of the gospel as a filter for all of life?
References: Romans 15:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2:2; Romans 1:16; Matthew 7:21-23; Philippians 4:22; Ephesians 6:19-20; Acts 4:29-31; Galatians 5:20-21; Ephesians 3:7-13