Captivity and Freedom

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Worship Service10:00 am

Bulletin: July 28
Newsletter: June 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Acts 16.6-34, Psalm 146, Luke 4.16 – 21

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Joel Russell-MacLean

Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, free the oppressed…

That sounds pretty good. 

While the church was under construction however, sometimes the people who met Jesus lost everything and become poor, were chained up and thrown in a dungeon, were oppressed by fellow citizens…

“Jesus is worth it”, said Paul.

Paul travelled to Europe not long after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Acts contains a number of quick stories to show that right away, people in Europe turned their lives over to Jesus.

We meet Lydia, the first European believer. Acts repeatedly highlights the leadership of women in the church even though it was in a male dominated culture.

We also meet a slave and her owners, a jailor and his family, and Paul and Silas. 

Jesus had an impact on each person; however, not everyone was thankful. Some preferred being slaves to being free, and some who were in chains sang as if they were truly free. 

Is Jesus worth what you have lost? Can you still sing to God?

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