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What if all of society were against us simply because we believed in Jesus Christ? Most of us in the modern western world have not experienced that level of demand upon our faith. We walk unchallenged, and sad to say because of that, many of us live mediocre Christian lives. It was not so with the early Church
Up to this point the church is on a bit of a hot streak, enjoying the grace of God as they grow in numbers and seeing the gospel transform the lives of many. In Acts 12, we see persecution of the church begin to rise up. Where is our hope in the face of persecution? How does the gospel bring hope to the church past and present when it appears the enemy has the upper hand?
No one but God could have convinced Saul he was blind. No one but God had a clue Saul would ever follow Jesus. No one is outside the reach of God’s mercy and grace. No one but God gets the credit for causing Saul’s radical conversion. We should be both deeply encouraged and challenged by this account!
Allan Vincent, from the Slavic Gospel Association, and Marina Marmasheva, a Millar College student originally from a Baptist church in Russia, give an overview of the state of Christianity in Russia today.
As we move to the second church in Revelation, we’re still going to talk about love. You see, in the Bible, love is always more than words and feelings. It is characterized by actions. If you say to God, “I love you, Lord,” God is going to respond, “You can’t just say it; you have to show it.” If you examine our text this morning, you will find an important characteristic of love that we cannot take for granted – it is loyalty. You cannot have love without it. If a person is truly in love with someone, he or she will certainly be faithful and devoted, even in tough and trying times.
Jesus begins life in persecution and suffering. In this message we explore God's protection of Jesus in the midst of persecution and what that means for us.
In Galatians 5:2-24, Paul warns the Galatians of two dangerous threats to their life of freedom: legalism (vv. 2-12) and license (vv. 13-24). Paul begins in vv. 2-12 by warning the Galatians of the destructive consequences of legalistic doctrine (vv. 2-6) and the depraved disposition of legalistic teachers (vv. 7-12).