You Never Walk Alone           I Thess. 2:13-16

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.      -I Thess. 5:23-24

 

Three Encouragements for Suffering Christians      

The Word of God working _________________                  V. 13

“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”           Hebrews 4:12-13

“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me, it has feet, it runs after me, it has hands, it lays hold on me.”    -Martin Luther

Matthew 7:24-28

The _______________________ of fellow Christians          V. 14-15

John 15:18-22             Acts 14:21-22

In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.             -2 Timothy 3:12

There is kind of a persecution spectrum for believers:

Rejection   Insults   Reprisals   Threats   Bodily harm   Martyrdom

Paul’s heart for his fellow Jews - Romans 9:1-5

Nowhere does the Bible accuse all Jews of all time of what a few Jews did in Jerusalem and Judea when Christ was crucified and the church was founded.                        -Warren Wiersbe, 712

People and circumstances can’t take away your dignity – dignity is something you give away by sinful and/or poor reactions. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can _______________ in a way that shows your faith is in Christ.

The J________________ of God                               V. 16

With all his heart Paul wanted Jews and Gentiles to be saved, but he also drew encouragement that God would not let any earthly ________________________ stand.

Romans 2:4-11

God forgives repentant sinners, but will punish unrepentant ________________

Revelation 3:9-11

There is coming a time in the future where persecutors will _____________________ to believers for their mistreatment

Revelation 6:9-11

Martyred saints in Heaven intercede for ____________ justice

Revelation 18:24; 18:19-20

Unrepentant, unbelieving rebels will not be in Heaven, despite God’s great love for them. The Saints in Heaven rejoice that God rightly judges those who ________________ Him.

Revelation 20:11-15

John 3:36