This article considers the subject of persecution, and how we are to develop a Christ-like concern for his suffering people throughout the world.
This article offers five reasons for rejoicing when facing persecution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 life of the apostolic church testifies to the reality that the church may flourish even (and sometimes especially) in a context of persecution.
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.