Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?

January 25, 2012

 

It is estimated that 70 million Christians have died for Jesus.  And of those, more than half were martyred in the last 100 years.

Is God asleep at the wheel?  Is God unconcerned?  Is God willing to do something, but thwarted in some attempts to save his followers from violence?

Why does God allow Christians to die for Jesus?

The key to understanding how a Sovereign God could allow his followers to face intense struggles in pursuit of a Christian life is found in the pages of the Bible.  It can be summed up in this simple announcement:  “You are already dead.  Your life is hid in Christ”.

This is the conversion that makes Christians so dangerous.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?” based on Acts 12:1-5.

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Peter is Challenged

November 20, 2011

Don’t you love looking back on challenges of the past with the benefit of the information that we have today?  The story of Peter’s calling to share the Gospel with Cornelius’ household makes perfect sense to us today.  But at the time, it was one of the most challenging things that Peter was asked to do.

Cornelius was an officer in an occupational army.  His only reason for being in the land was to extend the iron hand of Roman force of rule to Israel.   And yet, because of his readiness to hear the Gospel, an angel appeared to him and instructed him to send for Peter.

At the same time, Peter was praying on a rooftop and was instructed three times that he needed a new paradigm.  That whatever God called acceptable should be considered acceptable to Peter as well. 

Peter goes with the men and the entire household accepted his message and they were all filled with the glory of God.

But that wasn’t the end of Peter’s challenge.

Next, he had to come back and explain himself to the rest of the disciples.  Fortunately, they accepted the reality that God had chosen to send the good news to non-Jewish folks.  And not just to non-Jewish folks, but to officers of the political enemy’s army.

In retrospect, we see much more clearly why that made sense.  But in the moment, it was quite a challenge!

Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “Peter is Challenged” based on Acts 11:1-18.