A. The expression “successful failure” sounds like a paradox, doesn’t it? But it can be a
reality. Philippians 1:12-14 (867)
1. Paul had planned to go to Rome.
2. He went but not as he had planned because he was taken as a result of appealing to
3. Paul was sentenced as a prisoner, but had great success preaching the gospel.
4. One might say that Paul was a successful failure.
B. During our lifetime we have experiences that can be called failures. Examples:
C. Let’s consider three cases of how we can turn our failures into successful failures.
I. An experience isn’t a failure if it prods us to keep trying.
A. Examples: Thomas Editor, the inventor-
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President-
B. Galatians 6:9-10 (863)
1. Don’t lose heart. Don’t give up.
II. An experience isn’t a failure if it enables us to discover our true self.
B. The prodigal son. Luke 15:11-24 (767)
1. He “journeyed to a far country.” V13
2. “But when he came to himself “. V17
III. An experience isn’t a failure if through it we develop a deeper faith in God.
A. Example: The apostle Paul
1. Philippians 3:12-15 (868)
2. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (880)
Conclusion: Review and invitation.