BE-Attitudes: Persecuted Part 2

March 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: BE-Attitudes

Message: The Persecuted 2

In this series on the Beatitudes, Jesus describes the character and lifestyle of his followers. This week we discover what it means to be  “persecuted.”

This is a look at persecution from the story of John the Baptist.

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March 15th News- Blessed are the Persecuted Part 2

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Series:BE-Atitudes

This week we will continue our series on the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12.

As we listen to Jesus’ words here, we discover that he is describing a new way for us to live right-side-up in an up-side-down world.

The eighth Beatitude is found Matthew 5:10-12

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Last week in part 1 of “Blessed are the Persecuted”, we talked about how God works in powerful ways as his followers experience persecution. We also saw that a key to enduring persecution is by keeping our minds and hearts focused on heaven.

This week, in part 2, we will look at a Biblical character as he endures persecution– and honestly struggles with it. Yet, in his story, I believe that God provides some principles that can help us all as we face persecution of various kinds.

To prepare read the story of John the Baptist (Luke 1; John 1:19-34; John 3:22-36; Matthew 11:1-11; Matthew 14:3-12).

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Our Bible Study will resume this Wednesday, January14th in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Community Church. The study starts at 7:00pm and goes until around 8:15pm. We will be discussing the sermon topic from the previous Sunday.

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Sunday, March 15th at 2:00pm

Join us at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

 

BE-Attitudes: Persecuted

March 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: BE-Attitudes

Message: The Persecuted

In this series on the Beatitudes, Jesus describes the character and lifestyle of his followers. This week we discover what it means to be  “persecuted.”

This is a look at what Jesus means, why Christians are persecuted, and how we can be blessed in the midst of persecution.

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March 8th News- Blessed are the Persecuted Part 1

March 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series:BE-Atitudes

This week we will continue our series on the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12.

As we listen to Jesus’ words here, we discover that he is describing a new way for us to live right-side-up in an up-side-down world.

The eighth Beatitude is found Matthew 5:10-12

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

In this last Beatitude, Jesus presents a challenging reality for all of those who follow him. He tells us that persecution will come– and that we are to rejoice in the midst of this persecution. These are incredible words. How is this possible? Why does it happen? How are we to live in this reality?

We will spend the next two weeks pondering those questions. I believe this Beatitude is especially relevant for two reasons:

1) Events taking place in the world right now

2) The approach of Easter

To prepare, read Matthew 5:10-12, John 15:18-20, John 3:16-21, and Hebrews 12:1-3.

 

Also…REMEMBER TO MOVE YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON SATURDAY NIGHT!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

________________________________

Grace2F Bible Study

Our Bible Study will resume this Wednesday, January14th in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Community Church. The study starts at 7:00pm and goes until around 8:15pm. We will be discussing the sermon topic from the previous Sunday.

________________________________

Russell House Ministry

Sunday, March 15th at 2:00pm

Join us at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.