Paul in ‘lockdown’: 1

His impact beyond the home

Acts 28:16-31

Introduction

  • Could you use some inspiration?
  • Looking at Biblical character in ‘lockdown’ circumstances
  • Circumstances beyond our control – how react? In faith?
  • House arrest – Acts 28:16
  • Two years – Acts 28:30
  • His movement was restricted, but his impact for Jesus was not

1. Encouraging Fellow-Believers

Letters written:

  • Philemon 1:1
  • Colossians 4:3; 4:10
  • Ephesians 1:1; 4:1; 6:19–20
  • Philippians 1:1; 13-14
  • Could you write a blog, record a podcast….?
  • Could you communicate more with other Watford people?
  • Find out what is meaningful
Question: What kind of communication do we prefer? Frequency; Method; etc 

2. Praying for People

  • Colossians 1:9–12 Ephesians 1:15–21; 3:14–19 Philippians 1:9–11.
  • More people praying now than before lockdown.
  • How might you be able to grow in your prayer life as a result?
Question: What is helping or could help your prayer life deepen/develop at the moment?

Conclusion

  • Rejoicing in sufferings: Colossians 1:24
  • Magnified Christ: Philippians 1:20

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