Quarter’s Theme: DIVINE DISPLAY OF THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE
Unit 2 – I Know Thy Works-Time For Critical Self-Examination (Lessons 4-11)
LESSON 5 5/7/2015
SMYRNA: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 222, 226
Devotional Reading: MATT. 10:16-22
Topic For Adults
LOOKING BEYOND SUFFERINGS
Topic For Youths
WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
Topic For Intermediates
MORE TO BEING A CHRISTIAN
Memory Verse: Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2 Tim. 3:12) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
We Are To Suffer For Christ
There are some people who cause disunity in the Church due to their unruly behaviors, but you should be firmly united in Spirit to fight for the faith which the gospel brings. God has given you the privilege not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for Him. The same cause which Christ Jesus, Paul and other disciples suffered for even unto death, is the same we are called to. Many scholars believe that Paul wrote this epistle from a jail cell in Rome about the time when Nero began throwing Christians to ravenous lions and burning them as touches to light his banquets. This letter of encouragement proves that nothing is powerful enough to stamp out reason for joy in the Lord.
Point of Emphasis: Believers are not only called to believe in Christ but also to suffer for Him.
Prayer Point: Lord, help me not to be intimidated by my enemies. Help me as I contend for the faith.
NOUS DEVONS SOUFFRIR POUR CHRIST
Point essentiel : Les croyants ne sont pas seulement appelés à croire en Christ mais à souffrir aussi pour lui.
Axe de prière : Seigneur, aide-moi à ne pas me laisser intimider par mes ennemis. Aide-moi comme je lutte pour la foi