LESSON 8 24/1/2016
PAUL, THE PERSECUTED APOSTLE
Suggested Hymns: GHB 240; 311
Devotional Reading: 2 Tim. 2:1-13
Topic for Adults: Faith in the face of trial
Topic for Youths: You cannot but be tried
Topic for Intermediates: Be Courageous
Scripture Lesson: 1 Cor 4:1- 2; 9-13; 2 Cor. 6:3-10; Jam. 1: 2-4
Memory Verse: “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved”. (Matt. 10:22) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Rejoice In Persecution
The word says, “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy …” Most expectedly and humanly speaking it seems difficult. But let us borrow a leaf from what John C. Maxwell said, “problems are not our problem. It’s not what happens to you, but what happens in you that matters.” This is absolutely correct. God works in us. When faced with hard times, we often complain, grumble and feel downcast, forgetting that greater is He who is in us. This often leads to misbehaviour. We are to rejoice, for though our outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed day by day. The disciples who faced hunger, weeping, hatred, discrimination and reproach were asked to rejoice. They rejoiced being partakers of Christ’s suffering (Acts 5: 40-42). No matter what your predicaments are, He has assured us of His presence. Just patiently endure and rejoice in persecution, for your reward is great in Heaven.
Point of Emphasis: Your persecutions as a result of your faith are a proof that you are a fellow worker with God.
Prayer Point: Oh Lord, give me the grace to remain steadfast in you.