The paradox, of persecution

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    October 2, 2011
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES Acts 8:1-5
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    Today my message is going to be about “Persecution”...and our victory over it!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT Acts 8:1-5
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    THE PARADOX, OF PERSECUTION
    A paradox....is a self-contradictory statement or proposition:
    And this statement......sums up “Christian persecution” pretty will:
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    Yes.....they can persecute a Christian: But they can’t hurt them!
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    V.1A “And Saul was consenting unto his death.”
    -THE WAY MOST PEOPLE....FEEL ABOUT CHRISTIANS-
    (They would like to see us dead:)
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    Now this is not talking about...those Christians:
    Who are “Christian”....in name only:
    And who...look and act...just like the world!
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    The world doesn’t mind them a bit!
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    But this is talking about....those Christians:
    Who are truly born again:
    And who.....are being used by God to minister:
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    Always going around telling people are Jesus!
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    -THE REASON.....PEOPLE HATE THIS ABOUT US-
    ➀ 1/3 of the population doesn’t want to change:
    (So they don’t like us trying to change them:)
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    ➁ 1/3 of the population doesn’t want others to change:
    (Because it will make them look bad:)
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    ➂ But about 1/3 of the population are willing to change:
    (So they don’t mind us all that much.)
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    V.1B “And at that time there was a great persecution”
    “against the church which was at Jerusalem;”

    -WHAT THIS HATRED......WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO-
    (Great persecution.....against the Church:)
    Because “the Church” ....is the only organism:
    That God uses to change the world!
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    -OUR TIME.....WILL BE HERE SOON-
    We in America...have not experienced this yet:
    But Christians all over the world have:
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    And it is coming to America!
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    V.1C “and they were all scattered abroad”
    -WHERE PERSECUTION.....WILL LEAD MOST CHRISTIANS-
    (Those who put the Lord first:)
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    They will pull up stakes...and move:
    Just like the patriarchs did:
    This is why they lived in tents:
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    But the other Christians.....
    Are kind of like Lot’s wife:
    Who love this world too much....to leave it!
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    So they well....compromise their faith:
    In order to....get along with the world!
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    V.1D “throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria,”
    -THE ROUTE.....THAT MOST CHRISTIANS WILL TAKE-
    (Moving....just out of trouble’s reach:)
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    But they will continue.....peaching Jesus:
    Therefore...they will have to move again & again!
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    Unless the Lord....has other plans for them!
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    V.1E “except the apostles.”
    -SOME CHRISTIANS....WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE-
    (Because the Lord...has a higher calling for them:)
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    Qt. Hebrews 11:35
    “Women received their dead raised to life again:
    and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance;
    that they might obtain a better resurrection:”

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    Those Christians who have their eyes on eternity:
    May be led.....to stay right where they are:
    And face the music:
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    For a “a better resurrection”!
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    V.2 “And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial],”
    “and made great lamentation over him.”

    -THE WAY SOME CHRISTIANS.....WILL FEEL ABOUT THIS-
    (They will weep and mourn over them:)
    But they shouldn’t:
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    God makes it clear.....that we should not:
    Sorrow....as those who have no hope......
    1 Thessalonians 4:13
    “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep,
    that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”

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    V.3A “As for Saul,”
    -THE MINDSET....OF THOSE WHO ARE HATING US-
    (They think.....that they are in the right:)
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    And the religious ones...will think:
    That they are doing God.....a great service:
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    Therefore....some of them will get saved:
    When they hear....our “dying testimonies”!
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    V.3B “he made havock of the church,”
    -WHERE THE ZEAL OF CHRISTIAN HATRED.....WILL LEAD-
    (They will try.....to destroy the Church:)
    But that.....will never happen:
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    The Church will be here:
    Until “the Lord” takes it out:
    At the Rapture.
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    Then the world will have....what they always wanted:
    A world controlled by the Devil!
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    V.3C “entering into every house,”
    -THE RIGHTS OF CHRISTIANS.....BEING STRIPPED AWAY-
    (We see this already happening...everywhere:)
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    But if you are keeping....your eyes on eternity:
    This will just cause you......to rejoice:
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    Because the Lord told you.....it was coming:
    And you are ready to go....and be with Him!
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    -INSTRUCTIONS FOR THOSE......WHO AREN’T READY TO GO-
    If the thought of dying for you faith....bothers you:
    Than you need to....ask the Lord “why”!
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    V.3D “and haling men and women committed [them] to prison.”
    -WHERE MANY CHRISTIANS.....ARE GOING TO END UP-
    (In prison:)
    Because the world...just doesn’t want us around:
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    But just imagine...the great “prayer meetings”:
    That we are going to be having...in prison!
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    Kind of like...when they put Paul in prison.....
    Acts 16:25
    “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:
    and the prisoners heard them.”

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    V.4A “Therefore they that were scattered abroad”
    -WHERE THE REST....OF THE CHRISTIAN POPULATION WILL GO-
    (In accordance....to God’s plan:)
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    They will continue....to evangelize the world:
    As truly..... “independent” missionaries:
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    This is why...this persecution is a paradox!
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    ...This world is not my home, I’m just a-pass’n through
    My treasures are laid up, some where beyond the blue
    The angels beckon me, from heavens open door
    And I can’t feel at home in this world any more!...
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    V.4B “went every where preaching the word.”
    -SOMETHING THAT IS ABOVE....THIS WORLD’S POWER-
    (The preaching....of God’s Word:)
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    No matter what the world may do:
    God’s Word....will always be preached!
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    V.5 “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria,”
    “and preached Christ unto them.”

    -A PERSONAL EXAMPLE....OF ONE CHRISTIAN’S EXPERIENCE-
    (When Philip follow the Lord’s leadership:)
    And went to Samaria...to preach the Gospel:
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    Faithful Christians...will be following the Lord’s instructions!
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