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sermons tagged 'persecution'

Pride Will Not Know Christ

Matthew 12.22-28
Jun 4th 2017

Pride & prejudice will go to amazing lengths in an attempt to justify its foolishness.

In today's passage, the religious leaders offer one of the dumbest suggestions for where Jesus' power over demons comes from. Their logic is completely absurd.

But, here's...read >>

anger, blind, denial, foolishness, identity, Pharisees, prejudice, pride, Scribes, unbelief
Jesus, Matthew, persecution

Validation & Preparation

Matthew 10.21-23
Jan 29th 2017

In His Sermon On The Mount, Jesus validated His Word, God's Word, teaching & explaining it to many who'd been confused by the Pharisees & Scribes.

Through His miracles of exorcism, healing, etc. Jesus validated His own authority as the long-awaited...read >>

Church, confidence, confusion, division, evangelism, faith, hope, Israel, mission, persecution, prophecy, second coming, Son of Man, strength, truth
Matthew, missions, persecution

Love Your Enemies

Matthew 5.43-48
Jan 17th 2016

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bless, command, enemy, love, persecution, pray, sin
love, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

What Does It Matter To Me?

Philippians 2.6-8
Sep 13th 2015

Last Sunday afternoon, after we looked at Jesus proclamation in Matthew 5.11-12 about the blessing of being persecuted for His sake, a brother testified about the persecution being endured by Christians in the middle east. Indeed, it is atrocious.

Currently there...read >>

compassion, crisis, discipleship, evangelism, Great Commission, hope, ministry, missions, prayer, refugee, Syria
persecution, prayer, suffering

Sin-Conquering Glory Through Persecution

Matthew 5.11-12
Sep 6th 2015

Why are you a Christian? For many, the answer stops short of God's glory. One of the greatest things about the Gospel--God's becoming man to save men from & to God--is the forgiveness God graciously grants through Christ's substitutionary atonement on the Cross....read >>

blessing, disciples, follow, glad, gladness, heaven, Jesus, joy, persecution, prophets, rejoice, reward, suffering
Beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On Mount

Blessed Persecution

Matthew 5.10
Aug 30th 2015

When we looked at Matthew5.9 (Blessed are the peacemakers), it was suggested that Jesus wasn't talking about those the world would call nice, easy going, soft, tolerant... "Just let it be, man." But how can be sure that's not what God had in mind in...read >>

blessed, happy, persecuted, persecution, righteousness, suffering
Beatitude, Matthew, Sermon On the Mount

Weeping In Hope

Matthew 2.16-18
Apr 12th 2015

How thick is your skin? How thick is your sin?

"I must decrease that Christ may increase." John's words befit all of God's children. We're born so bent on our own situation. But our faithful God loves us, and will, therefore, see us through to fix our...read >>

children, cross, death, Egypt, exile, faith, faith, Herod, hope, Jeremiah, persecution, sin
Matthew, persecution, redemption

Confidence In His Call

Genesis 39
Sep 21st 2014

How's your fight for faith? Are you enjoying the pleasures of some conquered sin? Or perhaps you're feeling a little battered in the battle? Take your pick... but in Christ: both!

A couple of weeks ago, Joseph's brothers sold their little dreamer. From there he...read >>

adultery, faith, fight, hope, Joseph, persecution, Potiphar, prison, sexual immorality, trust, truth
faith, Genesis, sovereignty

Divine Destiny Despite Deceiving the Deceiver

Genesis 37.12-36
Sep 7th 2014

Have you ever caught yourself saying something that you just couldn't believe came out of your mouth... out loud! Oops. But, consider the words of Jesus: "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." In other words, is it any wonder we say &...read >>

confidence, evil, faith, hope, hope, hurt, persecution, persevere, persist, trust
Genesis, hope, perseverance

From Famine to Feast

Genesis 26.12-33
Dec 8th 2013

Water is crucial to life... especially during a famine!

Isaac continued to grow in numbers, wealth & works. Abimelech couldn't help but note that something was special about this man. No matter how much they pushed or persecuted him, the Lord continued to bless...read >>

blessing, covenant, faith, famine, feast, feast, feud, fight, generosity, hope, martyr, missions, opposition, peace, persecution, prosperity, quarrel
Genesis, missions, persecution

Walking With God

Genesis 5
Jan 20th 2013

Ever tried shining a flashlight in the day time? Doesn't do much good, does it?

Made in the likeness & image of God, the Lord shines on His children like little mirrors in order that they may experience the joy of having and reflect His Light.

For now, in this...read >>

dark, death, Enoch, grace, hope, Israel, Lamech, learn, Noah, persecution, sin
Genesis 5, hope, redemption

Faith In Christ, Not In Our Confession

John 16.29-33
Nov 27th 2011

"Overcomer" Isn't that just what the Jews wanted in their Messiah? That's exactly how Jesus describes Himself: "I have overcome the world."

The prosperity gospel has never been more popular. "Pray this prayer and you'll get your dream...read >>

confess, conquer, failure, faith, humility, overcome, persecution, pride, prosperity, Romans 8.31-39, tribulation
Gospel of John, John 16, persecution

Hate And Help

John 15.25-16.4
Oct 9th 2011

A fulfilled promise made bold witnesses of future glory.read >>

bold, evangelism, kill, Law, persecution, power, remember, sovereignty, Spirit, Witness
Gospel of John, John 15

Why Hatred?

John 15.18-24
Oct 2nd 2011

Two things we learn from Jesus in this passage: 1) Why the world hates Christians, and 2) the fellowship by which they persevere.read >>

guilt, hate, hatred, persecution, perseverance, power, sin, speak, Word, world
Gospel of John, John 15