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Ambassador in Chains

Ephesians 6: 18-20

by James Fraser

Paul wrote the letter of Ephesians from prison. At the end of the letter, after encouraging his readers to put on the whole armour of God, he calls them to ‘be alert and always pray for all the Lord’s people.’ He also asks that they pray for him, specifically that he will be enabled to ‘fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.’ He calls himself an ‘ambassador in chains,’ recognising that his gospel calling is not negated by his imprisonment. Similarly, Christian prisoners of faith today request prayer for their ‘ministry’, and wherever we find ourselves, we are called to live as God’s representatives, even in lockdown.

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I think it was during the first week of lockdown in the UK that Release interviewed our partner for Eritrea, Dr Berhane Asmelash. And as we chatted with him about the new restrictions that the church in the UK was facing, he made the point that Christians in Eritrea have been living like this for the past 30 years. Read more…

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Do you ever struggle to pray beyond your own immediate horizon? Why do you think this is? How can you become more intentional about praying for all the Lord’s people?
  2. Are you ever tempted to dilute the gospel message and downplay the authority of Jesus? If so, in what situations? Do you think some form of confrontation with the prevailing culture is inevitable for Christians? Why?
  3. ‘Being God’s representative is an any place, any time job.’ What do you think about the examples of Ebrahim and North Korean Christians? In what ways can they be models for us? How have you been serving in lockdown?

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