We live in a culture where Christianity for the longest time has come with little to no cost, but that is changing.
What has being a Christian cost us?
- Lost Friendships
- Lost Relationships
- Our sin
What is the worst persecution that we have encountered in our lives?
How do you think you would respond to severe persecution?
Comic mentioned during segment: http://adam4d.com/welcome-to-normal/
Each month 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed, 772 forms of violence are committed against Christians (beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests, forced marriages,etc.)
Persecution in America among Christians is increasing.
Christians are being attacked to the point of facing legal prosecution simply for holding to their deeply held beliefs. (Examples: Christian bakers refusing to bake a gay wedding cake, Christians who stand for life, Christians who proclaim the gospel at abortion clinics)
Paul Washer - Coming Persecution to America (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hakL0Je5XCw)
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History of Christian persecution
Reformers faced persecution inside the church from their supposed brethren
Jim Elliot died trying to reach the Auca Indians in Ecuador. His death and the death of his partners in the ministry opened the door for others to return and win souls to Christ. (Buy The Journals of Jim Elliot book)
Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned for his faith. (Order a free copy of Tortured for Christ)
Corrie Ten Boom felt her Christian faith meant she had to protect God’s people, the Jews, and this led to her and her family’s imprisonment which left her the only survivor. (Get The Hiding Place today)
What does learning about other believers’ persecutions do for us???
Arent we supposed to have an easy life as Christians? Didn’t Jesus say his yoke was easy and his burden
light? Didn’t he say he desired for us to have life and have it abundantly?
Jesus told us to count the cost. We should expect persecution in the Christian life
Learn more about the life that God promises to Christians by reading a free copy of God Has a Wonderful Plan for your Life: The Myth of the Modern Message by Ray Comfort.
The disciples faced great persecution
How do we as Christians handle persecution?
Steve Lawson - It Will Cost you Everything (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JQOBMi4QS8)