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There are many different kinds of prisons - some of brick-and-mortar, some more portable. Some are imposed on us and some are self-made. Some of us who think we are free are not. The freedom we have in Christ is not the same as the freedom we cling to in the world. There is freedom and there is freedom.
We pay a lot of attention to Peter and Paul and Silas, Timothy and Barnabas, but if you read Acts rightly, you’ll see that all those Apostles and disciples are doing is showing up where the Holy Spirit is already at work.
This sermon examines lessons from the people in the church at Philippi. What was it about them that Paul found such joy in and how can we be more like them?
Paul begins his letter to his favorite church . . . they were "partners" in the Gospel.
What does it mean to shine as lights of the world? What will it cost our reputation? What will that mean to the reality we live in?
Paul is in prison. That much is clear. And many, on the outside, are wither saying, "Why didn't you listen to us - we told you not to go to Jerusalem!" or "Serves you right for not listening!" or "Good riddance - now we can get back to the things we want to say without interference" But Paul is not swayed. His motivation is the call of Christ - and in his eyes this temporary circumstance is just one more way for the Gospel to reach into the corners of the world it has not yet reached. This is because Paul sees, in everything, the platform and opportunity to tell the story of the Gospel one more time.