Is a Prisoner worthy of prison Ministry?

It is always a blessing of joy when the Holy Spirit reveals something not seen before when I study the Scriptures. Such was the case in my reading of Luke 7:36-50 in preparation for church. As has been my attempted discipline,  I also read R. C. Sproul’s commentary ‘A Walk Through Luke’ and as he was commenting on the parable of two debtors and how the one who receives Christ's forgiveness is more loving. My heart and eyes were open to a reason in my call to prison ministry.

I saw a parallel between the prostitute in Luke's story and the repentant inmate who has saving faith and seeks to grow.

Many individuals, Christian included, may view a person's incarceration as having sin more heinous than any transgression they may have committed and thus are less likely to see the prisoner as being less worthy of forgiveness. The prisoner himself or herself often understands his or her sin, as being more unworthy of God's mercy.

Imagine the alcoholic who kills someone while driving drunk and as a result sees the consequences of his drunkenness. It took the life of an innocent person on their way to work or the life of a child on the way to school. Genuine remorse and conviction of that sin are unimaginable to most believers and unbelievers when they seek to compare their sin of envy against the 'drunk’s act of murder.'

Back to Luke and the story of the forgiven prostitute. The prostitute knows the ugliness of her sin, whereas the Pharisee could not even see his sin. He only saw the sin of the prostitute and thought her unworthy of Jesus' forgiveness. Is there much difference when a Christian sees the prisoner's sin of murder and compares it to their sin of being envious of a friend's bigger house?

Just like the prostitute the prisoner is more aware of their unworthiness but see no matter how unworthy they are Jesus still forgives them.

How easy it is for me or you to think that our sins of envy are more worthy of forgiveness then the alcoholic’s crime of murder.

Neither the prisoner, you or me are worthy. All of us are sinners unworthy of foregivenes. Praise God that Jesus Christ's life of righteousness and death on the cross receive unmerited forgiveness.

However, does the weight of our sin justify you and me receiving the teaching of God's Word but not the inmate?

A Christian is More Then Loving Jesus

If someone was to ask one who professes to be  Christian ‘what is Biblical Theology?’ The majority would respond with shrugs or with words that are best described as a tap dance.

Ask What is Systematic Theology?, or basic things like repentance, sanctification or even the Gospel and sadly the majority of the answers would not be biblically sound. 2 Timothy 4:3 warns us of the days where many who profess Christ, will no very little about, God The Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Ask anything beyond the surface of what they believe and why they believe it and one would hear the truth of 2 Timothy 4:3.

SOCPM’s Mission in the jails and prisons is to teach sound biblical Christian doctrine through sound biblical Christian theology. SOCPM extends the SOCPM mission to you, make 2018 the year that if you profess Christ, to know what it is you profess beyond ‘I love Jesus.’

You say I don’t need doctrine just divides. God’s Word says otherwise. 1 Peter 3:15, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 4:2-4, Titus 1:9, 2:4.

There any many, many more teachings of God’s when studied go beyond the shallow water of claiming to love Jesus. Loving Jesus is just tapping your toe in the ocean and then claim you’ve swum the seven seas

Swim the seven seas and beyond by going deep into God’s Word. Begin by following Doctrine and Devotion. SOCPM will seek to have you going deep by pushing you through posts that will take you to various teachings of great theologians throughout the history of the Christian Church. The truth behind it is, ‘Theology matters’