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The High Cost of Following Christ, Part 2


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The Katinas singing “Everlasting God”

 

How to Handle Persecution, Part 7 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 10:23-31: “But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

Today, as we continue our series on persecution in the church and how to handle persecution in our lives, I want to draw your attention to this passage in Matthew 10 in which Jesus Christ is telling his disciples what life will be like as they set out to serve Him and spread the gospel. If we read this whole chapter, we will see that Jesus has called his disciples together and He is about to send them out into the cities of Israel to preach that the Kingdom of God has come. But first, he gives them some instructions that they need to take heed to as they go. He also gives them warnings about the six types of persecution they will face as they spread out to preach the Gospel.

Last week, we looked at the first three types of persecution that Jesus tells his disciples that they will face — persecution from authorities, family betrayal, and hatred from others.

I. The first type of persecution the disciples would face is being driven from their homes because of their faith.

II. The second type of persecution that Jesus warns his disciples about is being maligned and mistreated.

III. The third type of persecution that Jesus’ disciples would face is the ultimate sacrifice — death.