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The Marks of a Disciple

8.9.20 - Persecution Pays! (Matthew 5:10)

As we’ve discussed already, the Beatitudes of Jesus often appear strange and out of place to the world. The eighth and final beatitude may even appear this way to believers. Naturally, we don’t associate blessing with persecution. And yet, what we learn in God’s word is that the persecution of Christ’s church has redemptive value. When we are persecuted because of our allegiance to Christ, we identity with our King, we encourage other Christians to remain faithful to the King, and by the Spirit, we draw unbelievers to the King. Jesus told His followers to expect suffering. Why? Because He suffered (John 15:20)! The important thing to remember is that Jesus established a pattern that is also true for those who have trusted in Him. Jesus was opposed and persecuted. He was killed! And yet, three days later He rose again. If we align our lives to Christ, and we should, opposition and persecution will come in some form or another. However, we know that death is not the end. Like Jesus, we too shall be raised. Suffering will give way to glory! Knowing this enables the church to suffer persecution with poise and peace. Hallelujah!


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1.26.20 Wise Parenting

1.19.20 Wise Marriage

1.12.20 Wise Work

12.29.19 Biblical View of Riches

12.22.19 Sent by the Sent One

12.15.19 6 Words of Wisdom About Your Money

12.8.19 The Wise Path

12.1.19 Wise Control

11.24.19 Wise Ears!

11.17.19 Wise Words!

11.10.19 Christ in Proverbs!

11.3.19 An Introduction to Proverbs - Part II

10.27.19 An Introduction to Proverbs - Part I

10.20.19 Unity for the World's Rescue and the Church's Joy

10.13.19 Imitating the King With Others

10.6.19 Citizens Together of God's Kingdom!

9.29.19 Gospel Partnership!

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9.8.19 A Sound Church Perseveres!

9.1.19 True Contentment!

8.25.19 Translating Sound Living into the Workplace

8.18.19 A Word Regarding Sound Leadership in the Church

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8.4.19 Shepherding Like Jesus!

7.29.19 Praying for the Church!

7.22.19 Sound Training 101!

7.14.19 On Guard!

7.7.19 Storm-ology 201

6.30.19 Who We Are and What We Do is Because of What He's Done!

6.16.19 Sound Leadership

6.9.19 Instructions for God's Church!

6.2.19 Christ is Sufficient for True Contentment!

5.26.19 Praying and Proclaiming According to God's Vision for the Nations!

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5.12.19 Paul's Transformation: an Example for All Believers!

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4.28.19 God's Revelation is Evidence of His Grace!

4.21.19 The Case for the Resurrection

4.14.19 The Significance of Sound Doctrine!

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3.24.19 Gospel Assurance

3.17.19 Gospel Evidence!

3.10.19 The Sovereignty of God

3.3.19 The Power of Prayer

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1.27.19 Test and Rest!

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12.23.18 The Good News of Christmas!.

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11.18.18 A New Commandment!

11.11.18 A Gospel that Transforms!

11.4.18 Walking In The Light!

10.28.18 For the Sake of Our Joy!

10.21.18 We Gather to Go!