Summary of Hany Fernando’s sermon on 27 October 2019:
How do you answer this question if you stand in the court? Do you think that a man who has been in prison fits to raise a child. Warren Wiersbe shared his experience and answering either “Yes” or “No” struggled him. He mentioned several pastors and missionaries who were in prison before but brought big impacts on others’ lives.
Paul addressed himself as a prisoner of Christ and he declared this in his epistles, e.g., Ephesians 4:1, Philemon 1 and 9, 2 Timothy 1:18. In Romans 1:1, he called himself a slave of Christ.

What does it mean?
1) He emphasised that his imprisonment was due to his apostolic activities (Philippians 1:13)
2) He acknowledged Christ’s providence through his imprisonment (Acts 28:17-31)
3) He encouraged the readers not to be ashamed about his status (2 Timothy 1:18). He was never ashamed as Jesus’ follower (read Luke 9:26)
Living as believers in this wicked world brings many consequences such as exclusion from certain activities or groups, objects of insulting and mocking, etc. However, these kinds of consequences only last a very short time compared to being with God eternally. (HF)

 

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