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Suffering Like a Christian - by Michael Phillips
1 Peter - Part 10
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1 Peter 3:18-22
Oct 26, 2014 am - Several months ago, our brother preached a sermon on Witnessing, one of his main points being, 'If you witness for Christ, you will also suffer for Christ'. The suffering differs from place to place and time to time, but make no mistake about it: as long as the world has a problem with Christ, it will have a problem with His witnesses. Jesus Himself said-- If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. And, A disciple is not above his master. Our brother is right: If you witness for Christ, you'll also suffer for Christ. In the world to come, this will not be true: then everyone will thrill to hear His name. But until that time, mark it down-- All who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Whether the persecution is active or passive, subtle or crude, being snickered at or being thrown to the lions subtle or crude, this what we signed up for when we came to Christ. As Dietrich Bonfoeffer said-- When Christ calls a man, He bids him, 'Come and die'. Die to himself, die to the expectations of other people, die to the dreams of popularity and a life without worries or pain. If witnessing is fire, suffering is heat. The two can be distinguished; ... More >>>

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