Paul a Prisoner of Christ
In the late 1800's there were two deacons in a small Baptist church in Mayfield, KY. These two deacons didn't get along and they always opposed each other in any decision related to the church.
On one particular Sunday, one deacon put up a small wooden peg in the back wall so the minister could hang up his hat. When the other deacon discovered the peg, he was outraged that he had not been consulted.
People in the church took sides and eventually there was a spilt. To this day, they say you can find in Mayfield, KY the Anti-Peg Baptist Church.
When you read verse 13 for the Church the bottom had fallen out. Paul the Apostle was in prison. The Church was not doing as well as it ought to do and they were worried.
Paul says to them in Ephesians 3:13
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
Paul is telling them don't lose faith and don't lose heart. How could Paul tell those people not to worry when he is sitting in jail?
Paul knew he was called by God and at Mellitus he told those Ephesians elders I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem. He told them not to weep and break my heart.
I am ready to die if it is necessary. The Holy Spirit has been warning me that in every city that I am going to be imprisoned and suffer hardship. But I want to finish the race and complete the task and preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ even though it means imprisonment and hardship and eventually death.
Let's look at Paul words to the church. Now how do you do that? Turn to chapter 4:1
The first thing Paul did was_
I. HE REMINDED THEM TO HAVE THE RIGHT PERPECTIVE
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling, with which you were called,
Notice Paul urges them to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. I beseech you, I beg you, I exh ...
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