Series: Persecution of Christians

Mt 5:11 “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.”

Yes, persecution is going to happen.

But in what form?  Where?  How often?  To who?

This series starts off with an article on persecution of Christians from Bible passages.
But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you

Then we look at persecution in more detail.
Does persecution have to be violent to have an impact?


But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Persecution of Christians

“But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.”  

This is something most Christians would have read.  Hopefully, we also remember.  But, do we really believe it?  Maybe we believe it, as long as it’s for someone else and not for us.  You know -NIMBY – not in my back yard.  Or even in my neighborhood.  

The thing is, Jesus said this would happen.  As Christians, how are we supposed to respond when Christians are persecuted?  Let’s start by getting some context for the opening line.

persecute - prison cell - specifically, persecution of Christians

Does persecution have to be violent to have an impact?

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Persecution of Christians

Does persecution really need to be violent to be effective? Or are we just so “blinded” by ordinary life that we don’t even know what persecution is? Are we actually being violently persecuted – and don’t even “have eyes to see” it? Do we even know what persecution means any more?