Persecution

Standing in the Fire

January 29, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 3:1-30 |

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This is the third sermon in our six-part sermon series entitled Inside the Lion's Den. We've been looking at what it means to live faithfully as a Christian in a world that doesn't seem to follow God's agenda.

In this talk we we answer the question How do you stand in the face of opposition to God as we take a look at Daniel chapter 3's account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.

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The Struggling Church

May 15, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 |

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When 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by the Islamic State in February of 2015, the world came face to face with the extreme persecution of Christians. Detailed research suggests that persecution worldwide is a lot worse than we think. What do we make of persecution? How ought we to think about ourselves in relatively peaceful countries that uphold the freedom of religion? Are we being persecuted? Should we expect persecution? Listen in as we look at how the apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonian church about the persecution they faced in the first century.

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Jesus Goes to Church 2: Smyrna

Jesus goes to church

May 18, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 2:8-11 |

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Even a surface reading of the New Testament will leave you in no doubt that persecution was big part of the spirituality of early Christianity. For those of us who live in affluent, Western countries, with significant religious freedom, this can sometimes be hard to understand and appropriate for ourselves. In this sermon we look at Jesus' words to the church in Smyrna, a church that faced severe persecution for their relentless faith in Christ. Although sometimes it feels like we live in a different world from those in first century Smyrna, there's a lot in this letter that helps us to think about how persecution is a part of our contemporary spirituality.

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