DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES
Counting the Cost of Persecution
We're currently engaged in a Sunday morning teaching series from 1 Peter called "Making the Best of the Worst of Times." Peter wrote this letter to believers who were going through very difficult times. They were being harassed and discriminated against simply because they were Christians. Peter encouraged these believers by reminding them of the blessings that they had in Christ, and he urged them to be patient in their tribulation by following the example of Jesus who suffered far worse for them.
This is a good opportunity for us to be reminded that many Christians around the world are suffering severe persecution and yet are standing firm in their faith. They could run away from the persecution but choose to stay where they are in order to win people to Christ. Their faith in suffering is a powerful example to us.
The following is excerpted from an article by Global Catalytic Ministries about Christians in the Middle East who are suffering for their faith in Christ with much courage and a steadfast faith.