Philippians 1:18–26 – “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Sept. 8th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube

Philippians 1:18–26

Yes, and I will rejoice, [19] for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, [20] as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. [21] For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. [22] If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. [23] I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. [24] But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. [25] Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, [26] so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. (ESV)


  • In prison and yet rejoicing
    • Because the Gospel is advancing (last week)
  • We share the Gospel with our words
  • We share the Gospel with our actions.
    • Attitude, Character, Our Response to circumstances

Living out the Gospel

Serve King Jesus – Christ first me last

  • This happened to me…for the furtherance of the Gospel – v. 12
  • In nothing I shall be ashamed – v. 20a
  • Christ magnified in my body – v. 20b
  • To live is Christ – v. 21

Bear fruit with your life – Serving and ministry to others

  • Fruit for my labor – v. 22
  • To remain is more needful for others – v. 24
  • My life will bring progress and joy to others – vv. 25-26

Keep going – Continue. Pace, perseverance, and progress

  • A life of joy – v. 18
  • A life of expectation and hope – v. 20
  • A life of faith – v. 25

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