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Paul under arrest in Rome

Paul witnesses under house arrest.
Contributed by Didier Martin
Story also available on our translated website: Spanish
Paul spent 2 years in Rome living in a house while being guarded by a Roman soldier. He was a prisoner waiting to face trial before Caesar. (Acts 28:16). – Slide 1
He could not leave the house and the soldier guarding him made sure he could not escape. Paul knew he could face death because he was so open about being a Christian and could not stop telling others about Jesus. – Slide 2
While waiting Paul made good use of the time writing letters to encourage Christians in the many places he had visited. He wrote seven letters that are now found in our Bible (1 Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, Philemon, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Romans). – Slide 3
Paul told the soldier guarding him about Jesus and soon the good news was known among all the Praetorian Guard who guarded Caesar (Philippians 1:12-13). – Slide 4
A runaway slave called Onesimus met Paul in Rome. Paul knew his master Philemon and that tough punishments were given to slaves who ran away. So Paul wrote a letter to Philemon asking him to forgive Onesimus and take him back not as a slave but a brother in Christ. Paul also offered to repay anything Onesimus owed Philemon. – Slide 5
Paul called the Jewish leaders in Rome to see him so he could tell them about Jesus. (Acts 28:17) He told them that God had sent Jesus to bring salvation to all people. <br/>And Christians came to visit and encourage Paul too. Among them were Timothy, Aristarchus. Epaphrus, Joshua Justus, Demas and John Mark (Acts 20:4 & 27:2, Colossians 1:1,7 Philippians 1:1 & 2:19-23). – Slide 6
During his many years of serving God, in spite of suffering many tough times, Paul always kept his faith in Jesus as God’s Son, <br/>Before being taken to face trial before Caesar Paul wrote, ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith’ (2 Timothy 4:7). – Slide 7
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