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Joined: 2018/10/31
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 jail ministry

I am starting a new jail ministry this coming monday what is an effective passage to preach on in jail i am looking for all the help that i can get cause i just now answered the calling to do this and i need all the help that i can get i know that God will lead me just looking for any suggestions that you all can give me cause i want this to be a successful ministry for my church

 2018/10/31 15:54Profile

Joined: 2006/11/26
Posts: 3350

 Re: jail ministry


Praise God that you are getting involved in the prison ministry, for it is the heart of God to save the lost and set the captives free.

The best way to prepare yourself for this ministry is to seek the Lord in prayer, praying for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to be on you and the men. As the scripture says, let the Word of God dwell in your heart in abundance.

There will come a time that you will be led directly by the Holy Spirit as to what you are to share.

Allow Jesus Christ to be the focus of your ministry. Preach the gospel, the good news that is the power of God to save, heal, and deliver.

May you be richly blessed as you pursue God in this wonderful ministry.


 2018/10/31 16:44Profile

Joined: 2003/11/23
Posts: 4482

 Re: jail ministry

This is great news!

I really like Isaiah 61:1-3...

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.


 2018/11/1 20:07Profile

Joined: 2017/7/14
Posts: 1035
Snoqualmie, WA


By the goodness of God I was privileged to preach in county Jail and in mens rehabilitation centers for several years as well as gospel missions.

Jail is the place to remove all the slogans, clique and tripe that is passed off as preaching in our churches.

I think of Paul Washer's statement "I am a dying man preaching to dying men".

All the word of God can become an "effective" word, but as earlier posters stated "you need to pray". God quickens us, anoints I am sure you well know.

Go straight for the jugular, expose the old nature and the old man for what it is...let them know in clear unambiguous terms they are there by reason of the sinful nature given free reign to express itself.

Do your best to bring forth scripture designed to crush any hopes they have for self-repair, self-adjustment, attitude changes, straightening-out. If you preach anything that aids in their false hopes you can be certain you will help them commit more crime in the future.
More than likely there will be others that will be much more pleasing to their carnal minds and they may think you harsh or some hell-fire preacher.

The godly preacher must know for certain without a doubt the false teachers will certainly pave the way to hell for them with false hopes and self-help philosophy. They are an enemy to you, make sure they know that.

Set forth the difference between light and dark in the clearest way you can, show from scripture what is good, holy and righteous so that when they repent they know clearly what it is they are do to.

Lastly, a man in prison has a unique temptation to make Jesus a means to his own goals. Being reformed for parole hearings, being 'christian' so the guards and others will take notice and maybe shorten their stay with early release. Don't forget the tried but false "Jesus if you help me I will do thus and thus for you".

Confront directly this temptation as a false path, it is not cross carrying and surrender of self but a saving of self by religious means. This a part of the broad path leading to destruction.

Anyway, think over these things. God has in the past honored his word with the salvation of many men in jail and rehab who turned from darkness to light.

There is only one "way" and youre offering it, everything else is a lie and is designed to keep them in service to Satan and themselves.


 2018/11/2 11:41Profile

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