SYNOPSIS – To follow Jesus “wherever he goes” means a life of self-denial and sacrificial service for others – Matthew 20:20-28.
When he dispatched his disciples to announce the “good news” of the Kingdom to the “lost sheep of Israel,” Jesus warned they would find themselves as “sheep among wolves.” Hostile men would haul them before “councils and whip them in their synagogues.” Even “brother would deliver up brother to death,” for his disciples would be “hated by all men for his sake; however, only he that endured to the end” would be saved. After all, a disciple is “not above his master, nor a servant above his lord”:
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SYNOPSIS – God’s Power and Wisdom are revealed in Christ Crucified, not in mighty signs and wonders, or in political power – 1 Corinthians 1:18-24.
lie being propagated by many deceivers within the church is that God is about to pour out mountains of miracles on His saints, causing a stupendous revival that will produce a “Great Harvest” of billions of souls. Apparently, it is the display of vast supernatural powers that will win hearts and awe souls into submission to the Kingdom.
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SYNOPSIS – When Christians react in kind to hostility, whether from government, society or individuals, Satan triumphs – Matthew 5:12.
According to many news reports, the persecution of Christians is on the rise in many countries. This raises some basic questions; for example – How should Christians react to persecution, especially when implemented by governing authorities? Ought they to respond with indignation, civil disobedience, and public protests? Do they not have the “right” to do so, at least in western-style democracies? Or should disciples of Jesus follow his example and that of the Apostles and early church?
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