Reason for Persecution: the Cross separates us from the world
Reasons for Persecution: compromising leaders
Covenant Relationship with Jesus:
Sharing in His suffering and promises
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven...."
consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to
be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in
...Yet in all
these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved
us. For I am persuaded that neither
death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor
things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able
to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Biblical Responses to Persecution
The apostles left... rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ."
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
Unbiblical Responses: Sin & Compromise
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me..."
God’s Mercy for persecutors
Triumph through Persecution