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Persecution what its good for!(Carter FBC)

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Persecution what its good for.

INTO:

Ephe 4:12-14 “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”
I saw a opportunity this week for us as a church to grow, learn and mature. From our Jr. High boy to parents even me as your pastor.
FCA at Merritt we had 58 students and 8 adults.
we had 12 - 14 Jr. High football boy who were punished for attending
our boys started telling me at church Wednesday night
parents were calling and texting me after church
even Friday night at the football game I had several conversations with adults some had jr. high boys and some didn't and were aggravated at what happened.
the bible has a word for what our boys went threw and its call
Persecution: Mistreatment of a person or group on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, or beliefs.
This effected our boys in different ways, some even thinking about not playing football for him anymore.
Threw lots of prayer I decided this need to be addressed in house.
this in not intended to cause problems at school or with the coaches
but I what to look at

Persecution what is it good for?

I. Personal Grow

Romans 5:3-5 “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
James 1:3-4 “for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Parents - whats harder than being persecuted yourself - seeing your kids go threw it.
I pray that the lesson learned at such a your age will mature them as christens and they will become Kingdom warriors.
What do we learn from Persecution?
1. Persecution is inevitable
2 Tim 3:11-17 “my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
if you have never been persecuted i would worry.
2.Enduring persecution - testimony of you faith, truth of the Gospel
2 Thess 1:4-5 “Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—”
Wear it as a badge of honor.
3. Don’t retaliate - pray and love those who persecute you.
Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
Romans 12:18-21 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
4. let God handle it
2 thess 1:6-9 “since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,”
we need to pray that our persecutors will come to know the Lord. I don't want to anyone come to know the wrath of God.

What is Persecution good for?

II. Rejoicing

Philippians 4:4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
Matt 5:11-12“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Acts 5:41 -42 “Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”
2 Corinthians 12:10 “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
James 1:2Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”
Persecution - wear it as a badge of honor
Parents be proud that your student was found worthy to suffer for the Gospel

What Persecution is good for?

III. The Spread of the Gospel.

Acts 8:1-4 “And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
Acts 9:31 “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.”
We have a great thing going on
Carter FBC
Merritt school FCA
Satan is not happy
we will grow in maturity and numerical because of this
Close:
Parents: calling and throwing a fit is what satan wants - he wants you to ruin your christen witness with the school.
Its OK share you disappointment with the decision that was made by the coach - but do it with grace and mercy - why
Jesus showed you grace and mercy
don’t miss the opportunity to talk to your student about how a christen should handle situations like this.
you need to talk to your student and decide with them what you will do in the future when you or the have to make a decision about serving God or man.
Students: you have an opportunity to be witness to your other teammates as well as your coaches.
Don’t get caught up in the drama and gossip of these kind of events.
you stay focused On God and what he wants from you.
always come to your parents, me or another mature christen when you think you are being persecuted so we call walk threw it with you.
Closing prayer:
our students
our schools
our teachers and coaches
the lost
forgiveness
Persecution is inevitable
2 Tim 3:11-17 “my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
Enduring persecution - testimony of you faith, truth of the Gospel
2 Thess 1:4-5 “Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—”
Don’t retaliate against your persecutors
Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
Romans 12:18-21 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
2 Thess 1:6 “since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,”
Let God punish the persecutors
2 thess 1:6-9 “since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,”

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