In Philippians 1 we see here where Paul is writing to the church at Philippi, a church that was very close to his heart as was they to him (Philippians 4:16). Paul was writing to them during his imprisonment while in Rome (Philippians 1:18). To where most see that this would be a time of suffering and depression, Paul took advantage of this time and excelled in the word of God (Philippians 1:12). During this time its also here where we see that many people took advantage of Paul and his prison time and was working to spread the news of the gospel for not so good reason (Philippians 1:15-17) (the words envy, strife, and selfish ambition are mentioned here Verse 15 & 17)and these people were also Christians. It is also with great pleasure that this did not affect him at all. He was able to look away from all the people that were against him. In order for Paul to have allowed this to happen was the fact that God used his imprisonment to spread the gospel (Philippians 1:12) and what I feel was most important was that Christ was able to keep the Bigger picture in his mind which was redemption from the cross!
In Church we need to see that everyone that comes into God's home has what we call "chains". Most people don't see that God can use these chains and break them but during the time you are stuck He will use them for all his glory. That is where we need to be open in our churches and not turn people away. There are many people that have chains surrounding them that only God can break them free from. I have seen many churches turn people away for many reasons, and I must say if someone is coming to your church for the first time, we are the beginning teacher of their Chain Breaker. "My grace is all you need, because my power is greatest when you are weak" (2 Cor. 12:9)
As a church we need to live this and not turn people away, if we are turning people away how are we living and teaching like Jesus? Help break those Chains!