Not a Hostage

Not a Hostage

Review this week's message.

Key Scriptures

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
Philippians 1:12-26 NIV

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • What’s your favorite hostage movie or story? Why?
  • Anyone have a funny story of a time you got stuck in a situation you didn’t choose?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

  • Read Philippians 1:12-18. What surprises you about what Paul wrote in this passage? What challenges you?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

  • Pastor Steven reminded us to stop worrying about stuff God has already worked out. What worries can you give back to God?
  • Paul saw prison not as oppression—but as opportunity. What are some similar “opportunities” in your life?
  • Read Philippians 1:18-28 NIV and notice each time Paul responds to his situation with the words “will” or “shall.” Complete this sentence specific to what you're facing: God will _____, and I will ______.

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

God, forgive us for the times we pray so hard to get out of a situation that we don’t see You trying to get into our lives. Give us the courage to see that we are not hostages to what happens to us or around us. Show us how You are changing us and helping others even when we feel chained up. We trust You with our worries. Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Read Philippians 1:12-26 all week. Ask God to reveal new promises and aspects of His character each day.
  • Write out your most difficult situation. Then, rewrite it through the lens of what God can do through it.
  • Start reading this Bible Plan by Pastor Steven:

Find this in our app. Open the Life.Church app, choose this message, then tap “Talk It Over.”

Whoever finds God, finds life. Find more of God’s truth for your week at

I’m committing my life to Christ I’m renewing my commitment to Christ I’m interested in Open Door I want to be baptized I’m ready to serve I need prayer I have a question

Not a Hostage

Not a Hostage

You’re Not a Hostage to fear, pain, and doubt when you have hope, peace, and love in your corner.

In This Series

More Series View All