Preparing a People for Persecution – Sermon Series

persecuted-christians-bible-in-chainsThe waves of the American culture are rapidly shifting against Biblical Christianity. Those who would hold fast to God’s Word in this country must prepare themselves for increasing persecution in its various forms. God has provided us wisdom for these situations. The early church was strengthened and expanded in the fires of persecution. We must prepare ourselves to be faithful, even when it costs us.  In this three-part sermon series, we exposit 1 Peter 3:13-17.

In the first sermon we ask the question… are you ready to give an answer?  Do you have the conversation starter?

In the second sermon we acknowledge the certainty of slander and address two common slanders against Christians today: the accusation of hate speech, and the accusation of standing against women’s health.

In the final sermon we tackle a significant heart issue for the Christian: will you sanctify Jesus Christ as Lord of your life?  This is the fundamental questions Christians must answer as they face the opposition of culture to the truth of Jesus Christ and His Word.

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A Letter from a Jehovah’s Witness

While living in Palmer, Alaska, the Lord allowed my wife and I to visit with a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Lord used it as an opportunity for me to really dig in and learn the doctrine about the deity of Jesus Christ (the fact that He is God). Shortly after moving to Anchorage, we received a letter from a Jehovah’s Witness that we conversed with. In this letter they dealt with the critical issue about Jesus’ identity. I felt that perhaps the best way to affirm the teaching that Jesus Christ is God is to take some of the strongest arguments of the adversary and demonstrate that they do not hold up to close scrutiny. When we see these arguments tumble, it will certainly leave us with the conclusion that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh!

Click on the links below to download the lesson on the deity of Jesus Christ, based on the letter we received from the Jehovah’s Witness.  You may also be interested in reading, “Witnessing to a Witness“, a short blog providing some tips to prepare yourself for the opportunity to share the gospel with a visiting Jehovah’s Witness.

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Winning through Witnessing

Boldness for Christ should be the desire for every Christian.  Yet, with the abundance of belief (or non-belief) systems in the world and the general attitude of men towards Christ, witnessing can sometimes be intimidating.  God has not given us a spirit of fear.  He desires us to have loving boldness and wisdom that will enable us to be tools in the hands of the Spirit of God, who is drawing all men to himself.  I encourage you to check out Winning through Witnessing, written by Aaron Binion.  He has put together this guidebook, based in part upon The School of Biblical Evangelism by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, that has lots of useful information that will both equip and convict the hearts of God’s people to get the gospel out to a lost and dying world.  Click here to download.