Central Theme: As the Lord leads, we can have influence on many people.
Call to Worship: Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone (Mark 16:15).
I will tell you what he has done for me (Psalm 66:16)
Introduction—Many years ago, a young man moved down the street from us. He was living with friends. He was from Canada and beginning a small ministry. My husband and I worked hard to introduce him to some important people in the area. That young man has become pretty famous and infamous TV evangelist. At different times in our lives we will be thrown with people who are famous. Paul was in prison but he was meeting important people. Have a member read Psalm 66:16.
I. The Romans had put Paul in jail. In addition, the Jewish leaders were still trying to kill him. Paul didn’t want to go free because he believed that the Jews would kill him. (Acts 25:13-26:32).
A. The Roman governor was Felix. Paul was called before him many times. Felix wanted to set him free; but he also knew the Jews would kill Paul. Then Festus became governor.
B. One day King Agrippa visited Paul. Agrippa was a Jew, like Paul. Paul told Agrippa about Jesus. King Agrippa asked, “Do you think you can convince me to become a Christian?” Paul said, “I wish everyone could be like me, except for these chains.
C. Everyone agreed that Paul had done nothing wrong. They wanted to set him free. Nevertheless, Paul said that he wanted to have a trial before Caesar, the Emperor of Rome. As a Roman citizen he could do that.
II. Because Paul was in prison, he was able to tell many important people about Jesus.
A. One of the worst things in Paul’s life became a great blessing because Paul followed the Lord and obey him.
B. Paul obeyed God and did what the Lord wanted him to do.
III. The time for each of us to share Jesus may be during times that are hard for us.
A. Paul said that he hoped everyone would be like him, except for the chains.
Conclusion—Can you think of a time that the Lord used you even though you were hurting? God wants to use us all the time, not only when things are going good.