Togetherness Part 1

God’s people have always been abused!
OT Saints
  • Read Hebrews 11:32-40

The Apostle Paul

  • 2 Corinthians 11:23-33
  • Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-12

The Early Church

  • 1 Peter 4:12-19

 

Yet, the early church had a sense of togetherness

  • Read Acts 2:41-47
  • Persecution doesn’t destroy the church – it increases it!
  • What drew the early church together?
    • A Great Savior
      • The people were gladly baptized (showing their new found life of faith in Jesus Christ)
    • A common devotion
      • A devotion to Christ
      • A devotion to the apostles
      • A devotion to each other
        • There was gladness and unity within the early church

The growing trend of anti-Christian bias today

  • GQ article – 21 books you shouldn’t read
    • The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those who haveread it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned”
    • Sententious = judgmental or critical
  • California Assembly Bill 2943
  • Check out antichrist.news for more stories of persecution of Christians

Why the hate for Christ, the Bible and Christians?

  • Read John 15:18-21
    • The world does not know God
    • There is a good reason why we shouldn’t be unequally yoked2 Cor. 6:14-18

What to do?

  • Read Philippians 1:12-30
  • Stand fast TOGETHER
  • TOGETHER have the same mind
    • Worship of Christ and following the Spirit/ Word of God
  • Strive TOGETHER for the faith
    • Not striving against each other
  • Don’t fear what man can do to you

Be ready to suffer for Jesus