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Everyone is a spiritual fool. Spiritual folly is a heart problem that expresses itself through sinful actions. It is a universal human condition. So, let the fool be warned of God's judgment, realizing that the antidote for spiritual folly is divine wisdom, embodied in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, let those whom God has declared righteous in Jesus take heart in God's presence with them as they persevere in a wicked world.
What can happen when you share the Gospel? Are the results up to you? What happens when you pray specifically for the Gospel's proclamation?
What happens when a Christian shares the Gospel with family or friends? Or, what happens when the local church continues to preach the pure message of Jesus? What happens when light meet darkness?
When Christians face persecution, we should realize it is nothing new. Continuing our sermon series on the Seven Letters to the Churches in Revelation, today we look at the letter to the Christians of Smyrna.
In many societies, including ours, Christians are marginalized; muted. Believe what you want, but keep your antiquated, hateful, intolerant ideas to yourself. When the world would silence you, cry out to the Lord for help, trust in God's Word, and refuse to dissolve.
It is very common for Christians to experience fear when it comes to talking with people about Jesus. One reason is there are some who respond to any mention of Jesus with opposition. And though these are a minority, fear leads us to keep our mouths shut. How do we overcome this fear?
As Jesus finishes his beatitudes, he encourages his people to continue on even when life gets hard. He teaches them to understand persecution, to expect persecution, and to rejoice in persecution. This sermon considers all three things that Jesus wants for his people.
Do you know anyone who has ever said that their times of greatest spiritual growth and greatest fervency in prayer and intimacy with God have come in times of ease and comfort when everything is going great Do you know anyone who has ever said that those same experiences with God came in times of trial, trouble, suffering and hardship? In the past weeks I have reminded us of the sovereignty of God over our salvation and over our elections, and today I want to show how He is sovereign over His church, especially in times of persecution, and sovereign over us in our hard times. The first two Sunday’s of November are commonly marked by Christians and churches as an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. We are living in a time of unprecedented persecution of religious faiths in general and of Christians in particular. Christians are being killed (some estimate 300 a day), churches are being destroyed and pastors are being imprisoned. Entire Christian villages and towns are being decimated and Christians forced into refugee status.
No test or trial is unique. Many others before you have experienced the exact same thing. But God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle. That’s His promise to believers. He knows you, He created you and He’ll give you the grace to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)