“AND THE PRISONER HEARD THEM”
BY CHARLES MAHANEY
Rev. Charles Mahaney has preached in prisons, jails, and juvenile homes throughout the United States. In this handbook he conveys vital information dealing with prison needs. Questions are answered such as: How do I get into the prison to preach? How do I prepare? What is the best approach to use? What should I do now? What things shouldn’t I do?
Prisons are a society within a society. The bars, walls, and steel doors are designed to keep the enemy within rather than without.
There is a great harvest of souls to be reaped. Jesus made the request. “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). As you read, hear the voice of the Lord of the harvest. As He sends you, go in the name of the Lord and He will go with you.
The huge, steel door swings open electronically. Ahead lies another steel door, then another and another. Finally, the last one
clangs behind the convicted tenant. He is stripped and searched. His age, name, crime, and sentence are recorded. His civilian possessions are taken from him. He puts on his prison uniform and walks to his cell, which is about seven and one-half feet long and four and one-half feet wide. In the cell there is a bunk, a toilet, and a washbowl. This is now his home and all his worldly possessions for the length of his sentence. His identity is gone and he is just another number. Like an animal in a cage, he will spend his days, not as a person but as a semi-human object.
Most prisons are cold in the winter and hot in the summer. They are cramped and barren. These places of incarceration have that
institutional look shared by police stations, hospitals, reformatories, and similar public buildings. They consist of naked electric lights, echoing corridors, walls chipped of paint, and the stale air of rooms shut up too long. One day is just like the others–they are planned. In this environment the inmate takes on the attitude of “What’s the use?” He becomes frustrated, cut off from family, friends, and relatives. He is bored. Living in a system of complete control begins to change him.
Theft, intimidation, murder, fraud, and homosexual attacks exist all around. But in the midst of all this, the Church must fulfill
Jesus’ request to bring His message to them. This closed society contains large masses of humanity for lengthy periods of time.
Communities of people working, eating, sleeping and living together for years on end. This fact alone, tells us that The Church ought to be there. Some of these institutions have larger populations than some American towns, which contain great churches.
There are prisons for federal, state, city, and county offenders, including juveniles as well as men and women. There are city and county jails. There are state and county prison farms. There is minimum and maximum security. They all have one thing in common,–They contain lost, hungry, and lonely people who need a revival.
This book invites you to step into another world. A world of people who have never heard the gospel. A world that the devil has
controlled for years. A world of miracles just waiting to happen when you and your group become involved in a prison or jail ministry. At first you may cry, become frustrated and discouraged. You will be tempted to give up. All of hell will rally to fight against this ministry, but when you see what Jesus can do in the lives of these sinners, you will weep with joy. You will shout over the power of Calvary. As you see these people born-again, testifying in chapel, teaching Bible studies, and winning their friends and families on the outside, you will realize that the “Prison Ministry” can be one of the most fruitful, productive, and exciting outreaches of your church.
In Bible days, a shepherd would pull a reed from the brook, hollow it out, and bore holes in it, to make a flute to play as he
watched his sheep. Sometimes, he would pick up a reed that had been stepped on and bruised by someone who had passed that way before him. He would take the broken reed and cast it aside. A useful instrument could not be made from a bruised reed. The Bible says that when “He” comes, the bruised reed He will not break. He will take those bruised by sin, straighten them out and make a beautiful instrument out of them. This is prison ministries,–taking our beautiful message of starting all over again to those castaways who have been bruised by sin.
Revival fires are burning everywhere behind cold, gray bars. God is establishing His church behind prison walls. The name of Jesus is working miracles in these last days. Nearly fifteen million men, women, teenagers, and children will pass before our judicial systems this year. God doesn’t put these people into categories. Color, class, or nationality does not matter with God. Either they are saved or they are lost. The task that Jesus commanded us to do, is to see that all men get a chance to hear the gospel. Paul wrote to the church; “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all me made alive” (I Corinthians 15:22). “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In the old Adam we all die, but in the second Adam, Jesus Christ, we have life.
The keys of the gospel can unlock the cells of loneliness. Jesus gave the keys to Peter over nineteen centuries ago. Seven things are
opened by the teaching of God’s word. In Revelation 3:8, the doors were opened, In Isaiah 42:7, their eyes were opened. In Isaiah 50:5, their ears were opened. In Luke 24:45, their understanding was opened. An Acts 16:14, their heart was opened, and in Psalms 51:15, their lips are opened. In Acts 2:38, Praise God, the plan of salvation was opened. The Word of God can open doors in any prison. We have the keys. Take them and release the captives. Revival is here. The Lord is still looking for laborers. Who will go into the fields and work? Jesus companied with sinners during His stay here on earth. He talked with street people. He had supper at Simon’s house. He, Jesus Christ, was God who became flesh to taste life as we taste it. As man, He experienced
coldness and hunger. As man He wept. He tasted disappointment in others. He also knew what it was to be lonely and imprisoned. Finally, He went to the cross to pay the ransom and buy us out of sin’s prison house.
All must hear this message. This includes everyone, even the lonely, discouraged prisoners in your city. They must hear before His
The writer of Hebrews said, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them.” Jesus never said the prison ministry is optional. He commanded it and said, “. . .inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Why should the church go and witness to a bunch of criminals, murders, rapists, drug-users and thieves? Why? Because Jesus went to the cross for them. The Lord said that only the sick need a physician, not the well. God can heal their wounded souls.
There are evangelists in the United Pentecostal Church who were won through jail services. We have men who are pastors that were saved in prison cells. There are many who were won to God through the prison ministry and have now won their families to God. They are in the church, working and living for God today. Their changed lives is one of the greatest sermons ever preached. Many are being stirred by the new found joy of these former sinners.
Many have asked: “How can we start a jail or prison ministry?
What literature should we use? How should we act and what is the best approach to reach prisoners? How should the services be conducted?”
Herein are answers to some of these questions.
As you read this handbook, let God stir you and place a burden on your heart to reach the lost anywhere and everywhere. One of the keys to starting a prison or jail ministry is do it right now while God is stirring you. Paul was a prisoner, of a dream to bring liberty to every captive. This ambassador in bonds, by faith, reached through prison bars and pulled the boundaries of the world to Calvary. The Word of God, mighty and marvelous, can not be fettered or imprisoned. You can imprison a person but not the good news of Pentecost. Jesus said, “. . .go ye into all the world.” One of the greatest mission fields in the world is in the jails, prisons, and juvenile homes of America. We, the Church, must be obedient to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:36, “. . .I was in prison and ye came unto me.”
Prisons and jails cannot be built fast enough to house all the offenders. Presently, over 500 new facilities and extensions are under construction. Almost every one of us live within one hour’s drive from a place of incarceration where lonely, forgotten people wait for a ray of hope. The past teaches us that great sinners can become great servants of God.
You would not be reading this handbook if you were not interested in reaching these lost people. Only Trust can liberate them. If we’re not going to preach the Truth to them (Acts 2:38), to preach the Truth to them (Acts 2:38), we would be better off not to go.
Before we can help those in confinement, we must first get into the institution. Most people don’t want to get into prison, they want out. We want in to take the everlasting gospel of deliverance to the captives of sin.
The only way to begin an endeavor for God is with prayer. Ask God to open the door. He is always working on both ends. Paul prayed for a door of utterance to be opened. When God opens the door, don’t hesitate. Walk through it.
A personal contact is usually the most effective method. In almost every church, the pastor or a church member knows someone who can help. It may be a guard, someone in a prison, or on a jail staff, someone in the sheriff’s office, a judge, or a district attorney. Go to them and express your burden, then ask for their help. A properly placed phone call to a person in authority can do wonders. If nothing else, ask them for a letter of introduction. This will be extremely helpful. In almost every church someone knows somebody who is in prison. Ask the prisoner to request a Pentecostal service. Every prisoner has the right to request a service of his own faith.
Next, write a letter to the person in charge of the jail or prison. The pastor or person in charge of the prison outreach team needs to visit the one in charge. Establish your purposes and goals, both mentally and in writing. Tell the one in charge of the prison or
jail your burden and show him your outline. Bring him samples of literature and Bible studies, which are available from the General Home Missions Division. Assure him that you will work with the institution in helping the inmates and that you and your group will respect their regulations.
These institutions have regulations and rules that cannot be broken. One slight infringement could result in serious circumstances. Most of the time tension runs high. Institutions can’t bend rules just because you’re there.
Before you begin your efforts to go in for services, check to see if any other denominations are having services. If they can get in, you can get in. Write letters. Write to the warden and to the Chaplin, institutions have a Christian Prisoners Club. Send literature for them to circulate among the prisoners. Check with the Chaplin and find out how many prisoners have Pentecostal backgrounds. It will surprise you. We’ve found convicts all over the country with family ties and roots in Pentecost. It may be their parents, an aunt, uncle, sister, or brother. Some prisoners have even been to our Sunday schools when they were children, but we had failed to reach them. Check even for trinitarian Pentecostal backgrounds. Most of the time, prisoners don’t know the
difference. After you’ve gotten this information on their background, you have some leadway. Work with the chaplain and respect his convictions. You are not going there to attack other denominations. These chaplins aren’t Pentecostal, but most of them are fine men who really care about the prisoners. Assure them that we don’t want to take over. Help them understand that we only want to add to their ministry. Re-affirm to them that your service is not just a one-time affair. When the newness and the novelty wears off, don’t quit and drop out.
At the start, the excitement will cause many to come from your church to help. Prison ministry is like a bus ministry, home Bible
studies or any other endeavor. Someone must have the burden. There will be plenty of excitement when revival breaks out and these sinners begin to repent and weep before God for their sins. When God begins to fill them with His precious Holy Spirit and they take on His name in baptism, their lives will change just as ours did.
Not only can you have revival on the inside, but relatives and friends of the convicts will see the change in these people and will
become stirred on the outside. We can get into these places and reach these families.
The officials realize they need help. Many wardens and chaplains have made statements such as, “We need total involvement from church leaders and members.” Prisoners know they need help. Most of them return to prison after their release. We know they’re lost without our message.
Do it today! Start the wheels moving. Write letters. Go and meet the one in charge of the institution. It’s the will of God for you to
get into those confined areas and show these souls how to find shelter from the storm that’s coming. Go in Jesus’ name and God will open the door for His message. You can take the Bread of Life to these hungry people.
Don’t go until you’re prepared. Order literature ahead of time and get plenty of it. You will be surprised at the hunger of these
forgotten people. Organize a team, people with a burden. Perhaps there is someone in the church who was in jail or prison before their conversion. Their testimony can help relate to the prisoners.
Establish your purpose for going. Practice the songs your group will sing. Have a good smooth program prepared and ask God for His special anointing. We have an advantage over most groups. We have the truth and the Spirit. These two combinations make an explosive force. We’re not there to put on a talent show. They have seen talent. We want to introduce them to nailprints.
Here We Are
Now you’re there. Immediately you discover these places weren’t built in pleasant surroundings or for comfort. Most of these
institutions are ugly, drab, and crowded. Some even stink. All of this will make you and your workers love and appreciate Pentecost more than ever.
There is no way to stress this next point strong enough. Let God move! If you feel like crying while you’re singing or speaking, go
ahead! Clap your hands. Raise them to Jesus. They must somehow get the message that we’re not just performing our duty, but we’re looking for a way to show them we really care.
Here’s a little tip to help draw a better crowd: Most of the time the guards will let someone go back through the cell blocks and
announce the services. Some places will even allow handbills announcing the service to be passed out and placed on bulletin boards. Remember these things. They will be of tremendous help.
The prisoners appreciate you taking prayer requests. They will request prayer for their loved ones and this starts them thinking about something besides their surroundings. Let some of them testify if they want to. This is not like a service in your beautiful church. There are locked doors, inspections by guards, little crowded rooms, jails noises, and the clicking of locks and bars. However, where two or more are gathered in His name, you can have church. The early church had lots of services in jails and prisons. It didn’t stop revival.
Approaching The Prisoner
One of the most important things to watch is our approach to the prisoners. Remember that most of the books in the New Testament were written from prison by the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote about Jesus, who was arrested, convicted, and crucified as a common criminal. In God’s eyes, those who are inside are no different from those on the outside. We can’t come into a prison with an attitude of superiority, or act as if we’re better than they are. Avoid statements such as, “I had all the disadvantages you had, but I made it. ” They know they’ve made mistakes. We must be genuinely interested in these people and treat them as human beings. We’re not there to look and stare at them. Avoid a lot of Pentecostal cliches such as “pray through’ etc. They don’t understand our language. We need to learn how to preach and relate to sinners. Explain what our words mean. Show them how to repent.
Prisoners like old-time singing. Sing Pentecostal style, and sing songs easy to sing. Encourage them to sing along and clap their hands. Avoid rock type songs. The spirit of rock music helped put them where they’re at. It’s the spirit of the world.
Now it’s time for the most important part of the service, the preaching. Preach! Just let loose and let God use you. They love
anointed Pentecostal preaching. Preach our message of repentance, baptism in Jesus Name and the infilling of the Holy Ghost accompanied by speaking in other tongues. Then give an altar call. Give them a chance to find salvation. After the service, split into groups of two or three to make closer contact. A one on one, person to person type basis is quite effective. Personal talk sessions are enjoyed by the convicts.
At this point, beware of con games! Convicts are masters at conning people. Never give them money or anything except religious
literature and books. Never make phone calls for them or take letters in or out of the prison. We’re not lawyers. We’re there to deal with the spiritual aspect of their needs. One exception is their families. When prisoners are really born again and find Jesus, they want someone to contact their families and loved ones on the outside. This is different. We need to contact them and get a home Bible study started in their home. What a difference it would make if a prisoner could come home to a Christian family.
Remember these people are not castaways. They are persons of value and when they are saved they will become missionaries behind bars, ministering to the needs of the deep, personal loneliness, and the hopelessness of the people there. When other convicts see the joy and change in born again convicts, they will say, “If he made it, I can, too.”
Above all, make it clear that the services are open to all faiths. Be consistent. Don’t just go once, but keep going until you get
a break-through. Don’t get discouraged if everyone in the prison doesn’t pray through the first service. The break-through will come. We have many church groups in our movement carrying on successful and significant jail, prison, and juvenile home ministries.
Everyone in jail reaches a point when he realizes he needs help. The Church was put here for such a time as this. We’re not preaching just for kicks, but for keeps. We are offering them their only hope.
Former alcoholics can relate to alcoholics, and former drug-users can relate to people with drug problem. Have people from your group share their testimonies. A testimony is a very effective weapon and can bring results when arguments and debates fail. Born again people are proof that God can change lives. You and your group will be some of these people’s last straw of hope.
You will notice that in most jails and prisons there is a convict leader. The rest of the prisoners look up to him. Meet and win him! He will be a great influence in turning the other prisoners.
Be willing to listen. A lot of these people never had a family or anyone to care. Never betray their confidence. If someone tells you
something, never mention it to anyone else. The least respected person among prisoners is a snitch, someone who tells on others. Sometimes they just need a strong shoulder to lean on. They must know that they can trust you.
Praying prisoners through to a Pentecostal experience and baptizing them in Jesus Name doesn’t mean we’re through with them. They need to be taught and grounded in the Word of God. When these born-again prisoners get established in the Word, they can teach Bible studies themselves. Some convicts resent people from the free world coming in and staring at them with pity, but they will listen to people who are honest and really care. They will also be receptive to other prisoners who have found the joy of Jesus Christ.
Teach Them To Teach
In prisons all across America, there are inmates who have prayed through to a New Testament experience. Get these people interested in winning souls and teach them how to teach a Bible study. They teach everything else in prison, from Transcendental meditation to Eastern religion. It’s time for the real church to stand up.
In one prison in California, there is a born-again convict who preaches. When they let him out in the yard for recreation, he preaches to everyone there. He has been persecuted by other inmates and the prison authorities, but it doesn’t stop him. He was even transferred to another prison and put into solitary confinement, but he still keeps on preaching. Many have been stirred by this man’s stand.
We have sought for the key to reaching these people behind bars. What could happen in jails and prisons across America, if Bible study classes could be started, sometimes several in one prison? One of the greatest revivals America has ever seen could break out behind these walls. We must never underestimate the power of the gospel whether spoken or written. Tracts, books, and cassette tapes can go where we never can. They can stay and keep on working when our time is up and we have to leave.
Back To Prison?
We must realize that almost all prisoners in prisons will be released usually within five years, and most of them will return to
prison eventually. The reason they return is because they have been released from their natural prisons of walls and bars but not from their spiritual prisons of sin and fear. We have the keys to their spiritual prisons. (Acts 2:38), and whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed. We have some wonderful saints in the United Pentecostal Church who were once in prison and are now set free. The gospel of Jesus is a battering ram and will break down these invisible walls of sin. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and to bring the opening of prison doors to those who are bound.
Too often, we equate success with numbers. One man, in the book of Acts, was taken from a city-wide crusade to a lonely desert to reach one soul. Jesus picked up the soul of one man, perhaps a convict, and placed him on a scale. On the other side of the scale, He placed the whole world. That one soul out-weighed the whole world.
If we want a book of Acts revival, we must step out into the devil’s territory where the apostles stepped. Get singers and workers.
Get a preacher who is burning to preach and go right now. The Spirit is willing. God will anoint and open doors. You will see miracles happen before your eyes. Order literature and materials now. Start a Bible study. Take the keys of salvation to a prisoner.
There are over 4,000 state and federal prisons in America, with a jail, juvenile home, or prison farm within reach of almost every church in our fellowship. Every program the government has tried, failed to rehabilitate these people. We can’t rehabilitate them either, but our message can redeem them. Over nineteen centuries ago on a bloody, swaying cross, Jesus signed their pardon.
Have you ever thought about teaching or preaching our message to people who have never heard? Go now! We’re commissioned not only to the uttermost parts of the world, but to Samaria, Judea, and Jerusalem. His “Go ye” takes it all in, from center to circumference.
The angels that opened the doors to the prison where Peter was, still know how to open prison doors, and will open the doors in your area. The power that shook a prison one night as Paul and Silas sang praises unto God, can shake open the doors to institutions in your area. Go now while there is still time, and God will go with you. Step out in the power of the mighty name of Jesus, and He will work. He will meet you in the field.
SCRIPTURE PASSAGES RELATED TO PRISONERS
From Jail and Prison Ministries
Because many inmates have a keen interest in what the Bible says about prisoners, these passages are identified as an aid for those who preach to inmates and teach them. The context of the verses referenced should be examined carefully since often only the core verse(s) of a passage are listed.
Passage and Comments
Genesis 39:19-41:14 Joseph’s imprisonment upon a false charge (attempted rape) and his prison experiences.
Genesis 42:15-20 Joseph imprisons his brother.
Genesis 45:4-3 Joseph’s attitude toward his unjust imprisonment.
Numbers 21:1 Arad takes some Israelites prisoner.
Judges 16:21,25 Samson’s imprisonment.
1 Kings 22:27 Micaiah imprisoned for telling the truth.
2 Kings 17:4 King Hoshea imprisoned.
2 Kings 25:27-30 King Jehoiachin in prison.
2 Chronicles 16:10 Hanani imprisoned for his prophecy.
2 Chronicles 18:26 Micaiah imprisoned for telling the truth.
Job 3:18 Prisoners rest together in death.
Psalms 69:33; 79:11; 102:20 God gives attention to prisoners.
Psalms 142:7 A prayer for release from prison.
Psalms 146:7 God releases prisoners.
Ecclesiastes 4:14 Even a prisoner can become king.
Isaiah 10:4 God’s people are beneath prisoners without Him.
Isaiah 14:17 Lucifer does not open prison doors.
Isaiah 24:22 Prisoners of the Assyrians.
Isaiah 20:4 Eschatological imprisonment of the kings of the earth.
Isaiah 42:7 The Messiah to deliver prisoners from the prison.
Isaiah 42:22 The imprisoned state of rebellious Israel.
Isaiah 49:9 Prisoners told to go forth in day of salvation.
Isaiah 53:8 A phophecy of Christ’s imprisonment.
Isaiah 61:1 The ministry of God’s Anointed to captives (fulfillment in Luke 4:18).
Jeremiah 29:26 Shemaiah to put self-made prophets into prison .
Jeremiah 32:1-3 Jeremiah imprisoned during Nebuchadrezzar’s siege of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 32:8, 12 Jeremiah did business while in prison.
Jeremiah 33:1 The Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah in prison.
Jeremiah 36:5 Jeremiah under house arrest.
Jeremiah 36:26 Jeremiah miraculously preserved from arrest.
Jeremiah 37:4, 15-38:13 Jeremiah beaten and imprisoned (even in the mire of the dungeon) after the Chaldean army broke off its siege of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 38:28 Jeremiah’s imprisonment continues until the fall of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 40:1-4 Jeremiah’s brief confinement by the Babylonians.
Jeremiah 52:11 King Zedekiah blinded and imprisoned until his death.
Jeremiah 52:31-34 King Jehoiachin’s imprisonment.
Lamentations 3:34 God does not willingly crush prisoners.
Lamentations 3:53-55 Jeremiah’s prison prayer.
Daniel 3:1-28 Three Hebrews in the fiery furnace.
Daniel 6:16-24 Daniel in the lion’s den.
Zechariah 9:11-12 God’s deliverance for prisoners.
Matthew 4:12 John the Baptist put into prison.
Matthew 5:25-26 Advice to avoid prison by out-of-court settlement.
Matthew 4:12 John the Baptist sends a question to Jesus from prison.
Matthew 11:2 John the Baptist loses his head in prison.
Matthew 14:3, 10 A debtor put into prison.
Matthew 25:36, 39, 44 Jesus blesses those who visit prisoners and curses those who do not.
Matthew 27:15-21 Release of the prisoner Barabbas.
Mark 1:14; 6:17, 27 John the Baptist in prison and his death.
Mark 15:6 Release of the prisoner Barabbas.
Luke 3:20 John the Baptist in prison.
Luke 4:18 Ministry of the Messiah to captives.
Luke 12:58-59 Advice on how to avoid prison.
Luke 21:12 Imprisonment of Jesus’ disciples predicted.
Luke 22:33 Peter’s willingness to go to prison for Christ’s sake.
Luke 23:19, 25 Barabbas, his crime and release.
Acts 4:3 Imprisonment of Peter and John.
Acts 5:18-23 Imprisonment of the Apostles and their miraculous release.
Acts 5:40 Apostles beaten for preaching and released.
Acts 7:54-60 Stoning of Stephen.
Acts 8:3; 9:2, 14, 21 Saul’s imprisonment of Christians.
Acts 12:1, 2 James killed by Herod.
Acts 12:4-17 Peter’s imprisonment and miraculous release.
Acts 12:18, 19 Guards executed for a prisoner’s escape.
Acts 14:19 Paul stoned and left for dead.
Acts 16:22-39 Beating, imprisonment of Paul and Silas plus an earthquake, result in salvation of the Philippian jailer.
Acts 17:6-9 Jason’s bond provides freedom for Paul and the missionary team.
Acts 20:22-24; 21:11 Paul’s advance knowledge of his imprisonment in Jerusalem.
Acts 21:30-35 Paul beaten by a mob in Jerusalem and rescued by Roman guards.
Acts 22:4 Paul’s reference to his putting Christians into prisons.
Acts 22:24-29 Paul almost beaten while a prisoner.
Acts 23:1-10 Paul’s hearing before a rowdy court.
Acts 23:11 God’s assurance to the prisoner Paul.
Acts 23:18 A guard heeds a prisoner’s request.
Acts 23:23-35 Paul transferred to another prison because of a threat on his life.
Acts, Chapter 24 Paul’s hearing before Felix.
Acts, Chapter 25 Paul’s hearing before Festus and his appeal to Ceasar.
Acts, Chapter 26 Paul’s hearing before Agrippa.
Acts 27:1-28:15 Paul’s trip to Rome in custody.
Acts 28:16 Paul’s house arrest in Rome.
Acts 28;17-20 Paul’s description of his imprisonment.
2 Corinthians 11:23 Paul refers to his imprisonment’s.
Ephesians 3:1; 4:1 Paul, the prisoner of Christ
Ephesians 6:20 Paul, an ambassador in bonds.
Philippians 1:11-18 Paul’s imprisonment advances the gospel
Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus, Paul’s fellow prisoner.
2 Timothy 1:8 Paul, the prisoner of Christ.
2 Timothy 1:16, 17 Onesipherus ministers to Paul the prisoner.
2 Timothy 2:9 God’s Word is not bound because the preacher is in prison.
2 Timothy 4:16, 17 Paul abandoned by friends at his trial.
Philemon 1, 9 Paul, the prisoner of Christ.
Philemon 10 Onesimus was saved in prison.
Philemon 23 Epaphras, Paul’s fellow prisoner.
Hebrews 13:3 Remember prisoners.
I Peter 3:18 Christ preached to spirits in prison.
2 Peter 2:4 Fallen angels in chains.
Jude 6 Fallen angels in chains.
Revelation 2:10 Satan will cast some into prison.
Revelation 2:13 Antipas martyred.
Revelation 20:7 Satan is released from his prison.
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