Week beginning: 1st November, 2015
By Mark Barrell | London
"Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly."Philippians 1:14 (NIV 1984)
Outspoken fools? Perhaps…
What makes you confident as a lawyer? Knowing you have the answer to every counter-argument that might arise – despite your opponent's efforts to undermine you? Or maybe it is because justice will only be served by you promoting your client's cause?
And the gospel, what makes you confident in speaking about Jesus?
One might have thought that's Paul's imprisonment would undermine his confidence and that of his fellow Christians. But on the contrary it made the early believers bolder in proclaiming what they knew to be true - well most of them. And the challenge to us is to follow the example of those who were fearless.
Around the world there are brothers and sisters in the law who are in prison or face this possibility because of their faith in Christ. Do we take courage and speak the word of God as a result of their witness? Do we get passionate for the gospel because of what they endure and the injustice of their situation?
It is unlikely that we will confidently have all the answers for those we witness to. But what is the worst that could happen – we appear a fool? Perhaps, but you are unlikely to be imprisoned and you might be surprised with a more positive outcome than you expected. That would be a cause for rejoicing and encouragement for our fellow Christian lawyers who are in far more difficult situations than us.
1. Ask for courage in taking up the opportunities to speak about Jesus.
2. Consider asking your colleagues to come to the LCF Carol services and evangelistic events.
3. Pray for your brothers and sisters who are in prison or who have fled their countries and
a. Consider advocating on their behalf – click here for a specific briefing on writing to the government on issues relating to Pakistani Christians
b. Consider joining this register of interest to go and help through Open Doors by clicking here.