“Paul in Lockdown”; Class 1 “Inspiration in lockdown”

Inspiration from Biblical ‘lockdown’ people

Oct/Nov 2020 Teaching Series

Class 1 : Paul in Lockdown – Acts 28:16-31

Introduction
Series looking at Biblical characters in ‘lockdown’ circumstances
Circumstances beyond our control – how react? In faith?
House arrest – “When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.” (Acts 28:16 NIV11)
Two years – “For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.” (Acts 28:30 NIV11)

  1. Hospitality
    First meeting: Acts 28:17-20
    Second meeting: Acts 28:23-29
    What hospitality can you offer?
  2. Love your housemates
    At one time or another Paul had many companions living with him:
    Timothy – Phm 1; Col 1:1; Php 1:1
    Epaphras – Col 4.12-13; Phm 1:23
    Onesimus and Tychicus – Col 4.7-9; Eph 6.21-22
    Marcus (John Mark) – Col 4:10
    Aristarchus – Paul’s “fellow-prisoner” – Col 4:10
    Demas – Col 4:14
    Luke – Col 4.14
    Jesus (Justus) Col 4.11
    Epaphroditus – Phil 2:25-30; 4:18
    The way he expresses himself about these people, and they way they were a team together indicates that their enforced lockdown together strengthened their bonds rather than weakened them.
    What can you do to develop depth with those in your household?
  3. Spreading the word
    Passion to communicate the gospel: Col 1.23-29; Eph 3:1-9
    Converted Onesimus: “I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.” (Philemon 1:10 NIV11)
    Impact on the guards: “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.” (Philippians 1:12–13 NIV11); “All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” (Philippians 4:22 NIV11)
    Unique opportunities given to us via lockdown
  4. Communication Expanded
    Letters written
    Philemon: Phm 1
    Colossians: Col 1:1-2
    Ephesians: Eph 1:1
    Philippians: Phil 1:1
    Use of social media and the internet – more people watching YouTube videos and listening to podcasts
    Could you write a blog, record a podcast….?
  5. Prayer
    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?
  6. His perspective
    Rejoicing in sufferings: Colossians 1:24; Philippians 2:17–18
    Magnified Christ: Philippians 1:20
    Practicing what he preached: Romans 5:3–5
    Might be best opportunity for spiritual growth you’ve had in years!
  7. Conclusion
    Key scripture:

“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” (Philippians 1:12–14 NIV11)

Next week: next class in series – Patels, Abuchis, Olivers, Packhams

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