July 3, 2022

Don’t Overlook Our Persecuted Household

“Proceed to recollect these in jail as for those who had been along with them in jail, and those that are mistreated as for those who yourselves had been struggling.”  Hebrews 13:3

The horrific capturing at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 5 shocked our nation. The assault on a spot of worship appeared particularly insidious within the midst of nearly steady violence happening via mass shootings. Please maintain the affected households and their family members in your prayers, particularly as we close to the vacation season.

As horrible and evil because the capturing in Texas was, what if we lived in a rustic the place such assaults on church buildings had been widespread and even inspired? What if we lived in a nation that as an alternative of being angered at a church capturing, gave its approval?

Even within the wake of Sutherland Springs, I don’t suppose many people gathered in our church buildings this week with the concern of being killed for worshipping Jesus. Nevertheless, a majority of our brothers and sisters all over the world are threatened with that very factor.

Keep in mind Them

I hesitated to write down on this matter for 2 causes: it’s an emotionally heavy matter, and the considered even making an attempt to help our persecuted brothers and sisters feels overwhelming to me. However I made a decision to place pen to paper on this matter anyway as a result of Jesus cares deeply about His persecuted church. Additionally, the church in North America must be extra conscious of our international struggling household.

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As millennials, we reside in a tradition that loves social justice causes. That’s nice, however I can’t assist however discover nobody is carrying the banner for persecuted Christians, probably the most persecuted faith on the planet proper now.

That is our household.

So what can we do? I’m so glad you requested.

Study About Them

A place to begin is to be taught concerning the persecuted church. I understand that almost all of us don’t have the time to do in-depth analysis about such an enormous matter. There are different methods we will keep linked to updates about our brothers and sisters. Following ministries that serve the persecuted church on social media is a superb useful resource. I observe 8thirty8 on Fb and get updates on their work in addition to hyperlinks to articles concerning the persecuted church.

Listed below are only a few ministries you can take a look at:

www.opendoorsusa.org

www.fb.com/8thirty8/

www.persecution.com (Voice of the Martyrs)

www.worldwatchmonitor.org

These assets include a wealth of details about the successes and struggles our persecuted household faces, which leads us to our subsequent level …

Pray, Pray, Pray

I admit that I neglect how essential it’s that I pray for the persecuted church. Most days, I’m extra involved about my private struggles and desires. I have to be taught to include the persecuted church in my day by day prayer time. I additionally neglect simply how highly effective prayer might be in interceding for others, “For we wrestle not towards flesh and blood, however towards principalities, towards powers, towards the rulers of the darkness of this world, towards non secular wickedness in excessive locations” (Ephesians 6:12).

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Listed below are some prayer factors:

Ask for defense from the non secular forces coming towards them.

For a heightened consciousness of God’s love and presence throughout their trials.

Pray for boldness, that their religion wouldn’t fail.

Ask for a rise within the kingdom in these areas of non secular oppression.

Pray for the leaders and pastors of the persecuted church and for individuals who are persecuting, that they’d come to know Jesus.

Take Motion

There are such a lot of methods we will present our assist and love for the persecuted church. Two years in the past my church’s youth pastor let me write and train a lesson to our highschool college students on the persecuted church. The most effective half was having the scholars write letters to the household of a pastor who was imprisoned within the Center East. One thing so simple as writing a letter connects us to them by letting them know we stand with them.

You will have the possibility to do that proper now! Within the consolation of our properties, we will bless and encourage our brothers and sisters who’re struggling for our Savior.

8thirty8 presently has a letter writing marketing campaign for believers in North Korea.

Click on right here to write down a brief letter, then ask fellow believers to do the identical. Let’s attempt to do extra.