Why Did This Happen?: How God Uses Affliction to Advance the Gospel
Topic: Sermon Scripture: Philippians 1:12–14
During the Advent season, people are in a reflective, year-in-review attitude. Some are filled thanksgiving, others are filled with regret. But what if our circumstances didn't reflect what was really going on in God's purposes? That is the point Paul makes in his letter to the young Greek Christians. God was able to use Paul's restricted movement in prison, to advance the mission of Jesus further than it has ever gone before. Is it possible that God is wanting you to ask, "Why did this happen?" so that you can see God's good purposes behind it?
- What happened? The Providence of God in Our Experience(v12a)
- What was really going on? The Sovereignty of God in Our Affliction (v12b)
- Why did it happen? The Glory of God in Our Mission (vv.13-14)