The Occupational Hazards of Being a Christian Part 2

April 17, 2016 Speaker: Douglas Hornok Series: The Beatitudes

Topic: Blessed are those who are persecuted Scripture: Matthew 5:10–5:12

The Occupational Hazards of Being a Christian –part 2

Matthew 5:10-12

The final Beatitude of Jesus about persecution is relevant for today not only because millions of Christians in our global

village are being persecuted for their faith, but also because to one degree or another all who are dead earnest about putting

God first in their work, home, school and leisure will bump into some form of opposition sooner or later. Additionally, none

of us knows when our freedoms may cease or when we may be called by God to go to a dangerous place or take a stand here

that will cause many to dislike us. This morning we want to examine again the words of Jesus in detail. The question

regarding persecution is not so much "if" but "when!"

Introduction: An Example from History of the last Beatitude: John Huss

Needed Reminders from Last Week:

Its Importance is seen in:

Misconceptions about Suffering and Persecution:

• Being last – the Anchor

• Its Length

• The Command

• Its Explanation

• Repeated by Jesus

• Addressed to us directly

• Without it our confidence can be shaken.

• Suffering and Persecution enhances and deepens our relationship with God.

• Becoming a Christian is a means of deliverance from opposition and suffering.

• God loves us too much to allow us to suffer at the hands of evil men.

• God’s will is that all His children live sumptuously and free of pain.

• Suffering and Persecution is always the result of sin.

• Suffering and Persecution is a sign of God’s anger or His curse.

• Suffering and Persecution can separate us from God’s love.

• Suffering and Persecution is NOT an evidence of evil men’s victory.

• Suffering and Persecution is selective.

What Jesus Does not say: “Blessed are you if you are persecuted”

What Jesus says: Blessed are you...for the sake of righteousness...on account of me.

Our Response: “Rejoice and be glad”

Great is your reward

They persecuted the prophets who were before you: You’re in Good Company

(This outline is provided to assist you in understanding and applying this morning’s message. Tenth and final in a series of

messages on the Beatitudes. This message is available on line at www.MidvalleyBible.org MBC 4/17/2016)