Part 8 - Persecution
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
THE DEFINITION OF PERSECUTION
It includes rejection to accusation to prosecution to execution
THE REALITY OF PERSECUTION
From blessed are those to blessed are YOU
2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when
THE CAUSE OF PERSECUTION
Righteousness - Conflicting Value-Systems
Jesus - Competing Allegiances
THE REACTION TO PERSECUTION
Rejoice and be glad!
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
THE REWARDS OF PERSECUTION
You may lose everything on earth, but you will gain everything in heaven
THE COMPANY OF PERSECUTION
Prophets, Jesus, The Apostles, Martin Luther King Jr., etc.
SOME EXAMPLES OF PERSECUTION
- Middle East