NCF Sunday Worship

Jan 8, 2023    Pastor Bob Becker

After hearing in the previous 7 Beatitudes the character of a true believer of Jesus Christ, it should be assumed this believer will also be persecuted or ostracized in some way. Have you ever been rejection for being a Christian? Have you ever felt you were not in line with the present culture and its ethics? Persecution says Kent Hughes is not always dramatic but can be mundane and even “civilized.” Most persecution we face is verbal harassment. Sometimes direct and sometimes indirect. Many of us do not receive persecution because we primarily move within Christian circles. If such is the case, are we missing the blessing that comes from persecution? Jesus said rejoice and be glad when being persecuted for our reward will be great in the kingdom of heaven. Persecution, He says, brings joy.