Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Psalm 119:159-162 & 2 Timothy 3:10-17
This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. It is a time when we intentionally, through prayer, demonstrate our oneness with our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted. Our scripture readings reveal to us that behind persecution is a lack of love for the truth. Then for those who are under persecution, it is critical that we learn to process persecution in a way that enables us to progress in faith and godliness. Desiring a godly life in Christ Jesus makes us a target for persecution in this fallen world, but enduring persecution is the way to prepare for the maturation required for living in the next. Where does this preparation start? It begins with faith in the gospel of Christ. And an enduring faith grows as you stand in awe of Christ’s words.