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Part 8 - Persecution

Matthew 5:10-12

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!

Acts 5:41
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

  • India
  • Middle East
  • Britain 
  • Nashville
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