In Prison With Me
By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for this study, please read
the women in Christ Commentary, Andronicus
Part I The Example of Andronicus and Junias
1. Romans 16:7 Why do you think Andronicus and Junias were “outstanding among the apostles?” What clues do you find in Paul’s greeting to them?
3. I Corinthians 12:11, 27-28; Ephesians 4:7,11-16 Who assigns the gifts and responsibilities to individual Christians in the church? What are the results we can expect when each part carries out its responsibility within that body?
4. Matthew 28:18-20 How is the knowledge
of the kingdom of God spread? What is your part in it?
Part II Love Your Enemies
1. II Corinthians 1:8-11; Acts 4:1-3; 5:17-18; 6:12-14; 7:51-60; 8:1-3; 20:28-31; Jude 3-4; II John 7-8 What tactics have been used from the beginning to attempt to stop the spread of Jesus’ teachings? Have the tactics changed today?
2. Matthew 16:21-27 What can followers of Jesus expect from those who oppose the kingdom ruled over by Jesus?
3. Philippians 1:12-17; Acts 8:3-4 Why don’t those tactics work?
4. Philippians 1:18-30 How did Paul feel about his suffering, hardship and imprisonment?
5. I Peter 4:1-7, 12-19; I Peter 5:6-11; Philippians 3:7-11 Are you willing to suffer for passing your faith in Jesus on to others? Why is it worth it? Is it only evangelists or apostles who can expect to suffer for their faith in Jesus? Besides active persecution, in what other ways do we suffer for our faith?
6. Matthew 5:9-16, 38-48 How do the true followers of Jesus treat those who persecute them?
7. Philippians 3:12-21;4:1 What example did Paul exhort the church in Philippi and us to follow?
8. Philippians 4:4-20; Matthew 25:36-40
How can an imprisoned and impoverished Paul be so full of joy? How can
those of us in more comfortable circumstances support those who are suffering
hardship as they faithfully serve Christ? How can you spiritually prepare
to endure similar circumstances to that of Junias, Andronicus and Paul?
*Strong’s Number 652 “lit., ‘one sent forth’”
14:14 Barnabas is called an apostle. II Corinthians 8:23 Two unnamed men
are referred to as “representatives” in the NIV which is the same word
translated “apostle” elsewhere. Philippians 2:25 Epaphras is referred to
as “your messenger” which is also the same word translated “apostle” elsewhere.
The word “apostle” seems to have been used as a general term for people
who were sent forth to do church business. These people may not have needed
the same qualifications listed in Acts 1:21-22.