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.

– Philippians 1:15-16 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor,, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

The main motivation for preaching the gospel should be love, but there are those who use the role of preacher for the wrong reasons. Envy or competition can fuel the ambitions of many great speeches, but Paul is warning us to not be swayed by a dynamic personality. Demonstrating God’s love towards his people not only becomes the measuring tape of Christian leadership, it is also one of the greatest defenses of the gospel.

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