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Port Hueneme church of Christ


Suffering for Christ

1 Peter 4:12-19

by Mason French


  • Introduction
    • 1. Why does God allow Christians to suffer?
    • 2. This answers the question.
    • 3. Teamwork by sharing
  • I. DONíT THINK IT STRANGE TO BE PERSECUTED
    • A. Remember Christ
      • 1. Persecution measures strength
      • 2. Must completely trust in God
      • 3. Proves our faith and attracts others
      • 4. Bearing fruit (John 15:19; 2 Timothy 3:2)
  • II. REJOICE IN PERSECUTION
    • A. Hard To Do
      • 1. Share Christís sufferings
      • 2. We are rejected for same reason Christ rejected
      • 3. Honor to suffer (Acts 5:40-42)
  • III. SUFFERING AS A CHRISTIAN
    • A. Instead of Shame: Rejoice
      • 1. Called in derision
      • 2. Christian mentioned three times (Acts 11:26, 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16)
  • IV. WHY WERE CHRISTIANS HATED THEN?
    • A. Various Reasons
      • 1. Thought they were cannibals (John. 6:1; Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22: Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24)
      • 2. Broke up homes (Matthew 10:34-39)
      • 3. Many thought Christians heretics
        • a. Jews - broke tradition
        • b. Rome - no worship to Caesar
  • History
  • Conclusion
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