The Troubles of Theodore

Theodore was an elder at First Baptist Church. He was involved in the life of the church for many years then something happened. Theodore shared his faith with a co-worker and handed him a gospel tract. During the conversation the co-worker confided that he was struggling with homosexual behavior. Theodore explained that Jesus delivers from all bondage. Later that week his employer fired him from his job for discrimination. He explained that a civil rights suit was going to be issued against him. He needed that job. His wife can’t work and they are barely making ends meet. Theodore’s case eventually wound up in court and he was convicted of work-place discrimination. He lost his job and his freedom and is currently serving time in the state penitentiary. His wife and children are worried about him. His co-workers miss the strong Christian they used to see reading his Bible at lunch. Now he’s behind bars and unable to attend church.

· What has happened to Theodore?

· What can be done to comfort him?

· Diagnose Theodore’s problem and suggest a solution.

· How does Revelation 2:8–11 inform your comfort for Theodore?

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