Persecution

Good morning! Yesterday, Pastor Steve gave his message about Matthew 5:10, the last of the Beatitudes. To listen to this message, simply click the play button on the audio player below. Also included is the Call to Worship and a list of Scriptures referenced in Pastor Steve’s message.

Call to Worship
1 Peter 4:12-19
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has
come on you to test you, as though something strange were 
happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in 
the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his 
glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of 
Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests 
on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief 
or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, 
if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God 
that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin 
with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the 
outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
    what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should 
commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Scripture References

Matthew 5:3-10

1 John 3:13

Matthew 10:16

John 15:18-20

James 5:10-11

2 Timothy 3:12

Acts 14:22

Isaiah 51:7-8

1 Peter 4:14-16

Philippians 1:29

2 Corinthians 12:9

2 Corinthians 5:7

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

From "The Solid Rock" by Edward Mote

Praying you have a beautiful first full week of Fall!

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