Paul writes Philippians from Rome – where he is in prison. He loved the Philippians – and they loved him. They supported his ministry – the letter is sent in follow-up to that financial gift. But its more than a thank-you note. The main theme of Philippians is encouragement; encouragement in their faith - encouragement in their commitment to Christ – their commitment to each other – to the growth of the gospel in the world and the growth of the gospel in their own hearts.
Duration:53 mins 25 secs

These Said “Yes”

Our Text: Philippians 1:12-26 Suffering and the Advance of the Gospel

Our Example: George Liele - The Slave Who Started a Global Mission Effort

We are entering the season when we as Southern Baptists focus on the task of reaching the nations with the gospel. To help with this focus, we begin a sermon series entitled “These said Yes”.

When we think of Baptist missions pioneers who first took the gospel to other countries and cultures, history might point us to the likes of William Carey, Luther Rice, or Adoniram Judson. Indeed, in many ways these men were faithful trailblazers in international missions. Today we meet George Leile, a man God raised up out of the most difficult circumstances imaginable, who said “yes” to our Lord’s command to go and make disciples. Liele was born around 1750 to a mother and father who were slaves in Virginia, and “without the benefit of a formal theological education and having to overcome the injustice of slavery, blazed a path that would shape American foreign and cross-cultural missions, church planting, and the contextualizing of the gospel for decades to come.”1


The Goal: Magnifying Christ through the progress of the gospel

The Strategy: Suffering as the means of advancing the gospel

The Progress: The gospel advancing globally and individually

The Applications:  

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