A. Christ, our standard and example, left us an example to suffer.
1. 1 Peter 2:20-22
2. There is value in Suffering: Matt.5:10-12
A. Suffering is the source of special blessing from God: .
1. Blessed = Happy
2. If you want happiness, you must be persecuted.
B. This is suffering for Righteousness sake, not just for the sake of suffering
1. 1 Peter 3:14
2. 1 Pet.2:20,21
C. Then you will receive a special blessing of comfort from the Lord. 2 Cor.1:4,5
1. 1 Pet.4:15,16
D. Suffering (for righteousness) is evidence of Godliness in your life: 2 Timothy 3:12
1. Revelation 12:11
E. Persecution is a source of fellowship with Jesus Phs.3:9,10
1. Mark 13:9-13
F. We learn obedience by suffering
1. Hebrews 5:8
G. When suffering for Christ s sake, we obtain for ourselves a better resurrection.
A. Pray that God will count you worthy to suffer for His name that you might receive the wonderful blessings of the persecuted!