Persecution is Real!
Because persecution is promised to believers, we must be reminded of its reality so we can respond to the suffering of others and be prepared for the possibility of our own …
Why are Christians Persecuted? The Promise of Persecution ... Jn. 15:20 God’s Purpose in Persecution ... o Spiritual growth ... 1 Pe. 1:6-7 o Spread the Gospel ... Acts 8:1, 4; 11:19-21 o Make others bold for Christ ... Phil. 1:14 o Powerful Witness Our Response ... o Reaffirm your love for Jesus ... o Be thankful for freedom ... o Use freedom to witness ... o Pray for those suffering [Heb. 13:3] ... o Speak up and petition for the suffering [Pr. 31:8-9]