Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Helping the Persecuted Church

This Sunday we looked at what Jesus said to the church in Smyrna and the church in Philadelphia. These two churches were facing serious persecution for their faith.
Unfortunately, persecution is much more widespread than in Pastor John's day.

We can help our fellow Christians that are facing persecution by doing three things
1) Pray Check out Acts 12:1-18 Let's pray that God continues to release christians from prison.
2) Fast Fasting helps us focus our prayers and helps us identify with those going through hardships. Check out Isaiah 58:6. We're fasting this Wednesday!

3) Give Paul tells us in Galatians 6:10 to support our fellow Christians.

Here are some ministries that serve the persecuted church that you can check out:

Compass Direct

Release International

The Voice of the Martyrs

If you wanted to help one of these ministries, I'd recommend Voice of the Martyrs. They're the most effective and well-known persecuted church ministries.

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