In chapters 22-26 of the book of Acts, we are given a detailed account of the defense that the Apostle Paul gave during his arrest under the Roman government. His legal strategy was to follow an appeals process which brought him before local officials, a regional governor, and finally the king. Appealing to the various levels of government, his defense was based upon the laws of Rome and his rights as a Roman citizen. While he testified in his own defense before the various government officials, he also used the opportunity to proclaim the truth about the resurrected Christ and His gospel.
What can we as Christians learn from this? We learn that Paul did not shrink from his duty to see justice prevail in his dealings with the Roman government. We also learn that Paul did not hesitate to defend himself using strategies that he believed would be truthful and effective. Finally, at every opportunity, he spoke, even to the highest levels of government, about the absolute truth of Jesus Christ the Lord.
On Friday, August 28th at 7:00 pm, we will be hosting Andrew Beckworth, President of Massachusetts Family Institute. This will be an opportunity for all who attend to hear about the work that is being done in our state to protect, defend, and restore religious freedom, justice under the law, and biblical righteousness. While these things are necessary, the most important work of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in the public square is also being upheld by the Massachusetts Family Institute.
A native of West Newbury, Massachusetts, Andrew graduated summa cum laude from Gordon College and cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. From 2004 to 2007, he served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan, and he continues to serve our country in the Marine Reserves with the rank of major. From 2007 to 2012, he served as assistant chief counsel in the Boston Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Andrew is a man of strong faith and devoted to his wife, Karen, and their three children. He is a also committed to defending the sanctity of life, the dignity of natural marriage, and our Constitutional rights to religious freedom. Currently, Andrew serves as the President of Massachusetts Family Institute, the leading pro-family voice in the Commonwealth. From the State House to local schools and houses of worship, Andrew is dedicated to leading MFI’s mission of strengthening the family and affirming the Judeo-Christian values upon which it is based.
Please come join us for this event and for refreshments to follow. It will be held at our location on 54 Olney St, Seekonk, MA.
Brian Fournier August 16th, 2015
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