Our purpose as followers of Jesus is To bring glory to God.
Paul, Silas and Timothy on their missionary journey got stopped by the Holy Spirit. So they responded the Macedonian call and went to Philippi and stayed at Lydia's house. Then, they met a demon-possessed girl and cast out the spirit out of her to the great anger of her masters who now lost benefits. So the people dragged out Paul and Silas and put them in prison.
That night Paul and Silas were praying and singing in a time of great suffering, as other prisoners were listening. Then a great earthquake came, with all doors broke open and all chains loosed. The jailor called them home, as they spoke the Word of God to his whole family who got baptized.
1) All who follow Jesus will be persecuted. It is a natural progression when men and women rise and choose to be bold proclaimers of the gospel. Presence doesn't equal proclamation. When you do communicate the gospel to those around you, persecution comes.
2) Believers can rejoice and be blessed in persecution.
3) Believers can share the gospel with their persecutors.
4) Believers can be kind to their persecutors.
5) God shows his power during persecution.
6) Great reward is for us who endures persecution (Luke 6:22-23).
The Holy Spirit prepares people to receive the gospel, and we must prepare ourselves to proclaim it.
Our presence must be tied in the proclamation of the gospel.
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