Paul shares a number the positive benefits of being in prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. First, outreach - Paul's suffering for Christ has impacted the whole praetorian guard. Secondly, boldness - because Paul was in prison, most of the Philippian believers had far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. Thirdly, passion - though some were in criticizing Paul, others were preaching Christ from good will. Fourthly, celebration - the fact that Christ was being proclaimed caused Paul to rejoice, even in prison. Paul was elated to be used of God to successfully share Christ with the world.
Accurately teaching God's Word verse by verse for the purpose of equipping believers, Jack G. Ebner has served as pastor-teacher at Cascade Bible Church since 1990. Jack and his wife, Bev, have six children and two grandchildren.