Seven Reasons We Must Teach about Suffering and Persecution
Teaching about suffering and persecution is important for the church. This article lists seven reasons why.
How to Face Hardships: What You Need to Know about the Devil's Tricks
1 Peter 5:8 warns believers against the danger of the devil. This article explains that persecution is one of the means the devil uses to attack the Christian faith. There are three ways Christian should respond to this.
Ten Things You Should Know about Persecution
What should Christians think about persecution? Here are ten things you need to know.
Four Keys to Actually Start Praying for Persecuted Christians
This article offers some suggestions as to how Christians should pray for their persecuted brethren. It first calls for understanding the nature of persecution and its reality in today's world, and then details what our prayers for the church should look like.
The Covenanter’s Hiding Place
Blessed Are the Persecuted?
Is Christ in Matthew 5:10-11 expecting Christians to be persecuted? This article argues that those who stand for Christ are not of the world and cannot be popular with the world, so they must expect persecution.
The Lollards: Brief Legacy of John Wycliffe
Lollard is a derogatory nickname given to the followers of John Wycliffe. This article focuses on how God used this people in the midst of the persecution they suffered. Through their condemnation of certain practices within the Roman Catholic Church, one sees in part what they stood for.
This article considers the subject of persecution, and how we are to develop a Christ-like concern for his suffering people throughout the world.
Five Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution
This article offers five reasons for rejoicing when facing persecution.
Two Surefire Ways to Avoid Persecution
Christians should expect persecution and suffering. Is there a way to avoid being persecuted? This article explains that there are two ways, both of which are less than godly.
Suffering and the Purpose of Acts
What is the purpose of Acts? House gives a short survey of the approaches to the purpose of Acts, which helps us to see a number of main motifs of the book. The article wants to link the historical and theological aspects of the book. Five different functions of suffering and persecution in Acts are discussed.
God's Preservation in Time of Persecution A Look at Third-Century Rome
Blessed Are the Persecuted
The Persecution Of Christians Today: And Why This Story Must Be Told
Revelation for all Time
The book of Revelation was written to display the triumphant Christ as a way of comforting the church in the face of persecution.
Being Faithful Even to the Point of Death
Prepare Your Children for Persecution
The growing toleration for wickedness in the world and the intolerance of Christian truth signals looming persecution for Christians. This article shares some ways in which parents can prepare children for persecution.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are strangers and pilgrims in this world. As pilgrims, Christians will face persecution. This article shows that this persecution comes first of all because it is God’s will. Persecution can also be a comfort to God's child, since Christians are persecuted for Christ's sake. Christians can be assured of God's protection throughout persecution.
Enduring Fiery Persecution in the Reformation Netherlands
Standing for Christ’s truth has its costs. This article documents the fiery persecution endured by those who promoted the teachings of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli in the Netherlands.
Called to Suffering
Why do Christians experience suffering and persecution? What should our response to suffering be? This author of this article addresses these questions.
Don't Hit Back
How should we respond to persecution? Should we take revenge?
Sola Scriptura: Conflict & Triumph
This article shows that adhering to the confession of sola scriptura can result in persecution; in fact, the author proposes that there will be persecution. Pointing to history and biblical evidence, the author explains why this must be so. However, we can also look forward to triumph.
Matthew 5:10 - Suffering Persecution
This is the final article in a nine part series on the Beatitudes as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. This article focuses on the last Beatitude, which speaks about persecution. Christians are persecuted because of their loyalty to Christ in a world that hates Christ. The author discusses different types of persecution, and offers the ecouragement that God will strengthen believers facing persecution.
Persecution in the Early Church
Revelation 12:13-17 - "The Woman Persecuted"
Persecution by the State - A.D. 60-313
This article on church history looks at the persecution of the early church. Focus is given to state persecution from the time of Nero to Constantine, who brought the persecution to an end. Attention is given to both the positive and negative results of the persecution of the church.
It Could Have Been Worse
In this exposition of Psalm 124, the author shows that God's people find confidence in God's protection and defense when they are faced with persecution and attacks.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
This exposition of Psalm 123 shows how suffering persecution or ridicule for Christ's sake is a part of being a follower of Christ. The author discusses how Christians should respond to this persecution.
I Will Build My Church
Pliny's Punishment of the Christians
Acts 8:1 – Fleeting Popularity
Sing Psalms along with the Suffering Church
Faith in Sudan
This article introduces ten volumes on church life in Sudan. While the authors are from within the church, their first purpose is not to give a fair as possible view on the story as a whole. It is evident that the account in these books has a purpose beyond the dispassionate recounting of history. Perversely to its opponents, the Sudanese church often demonstrated courage under persecution and has even grown in the face of persecution.
The Church Was Spoken Against Everywhere
The life of the apostolic church testifies to the reality that the church may flourish even (and sometimes especially) in a context of persecution.
Martyn and Martyrs: Questions for Mission
Using the life of missionary Henry Martyn as an example, this author discusses the concepts of martyrdom in mission work. What does it mean to be a martyr? How can we support those who are experiencing persecution today?
Sheep, Wolves, Snakes, and Doves
When we practice evangelism, we often experience danger and even persecution. This article on Matthew 10:16 discusses how we can evangelize in this context to God's glory.
'But God is not Defeated!': Learning from the Sudanese Church
Despite a context of struggle and persecution, the church in the Sudan has continued to grow, both spiritually and numerically. The author, who has spent several years living and working in Sudan with the Church Mission Society, reflects on what Christians worldwide might learn from the experience of the Sudanese church. "But God is not defeated!" is the refrain famous in Sudan as used by Ezra Lawiri.