Place: Edmond Church of Christ
Date: March 14, 2010
Preacher: Randy Roper
Text: I Thes. 3: 1-5
After a brief introduction including joking and a Thunder reference, Randy got right into Paul's writing and told how Paul was always telling people they would suffer persecutions of all kinds in order to follow The Lord Jesus Christ. Especially when Paul was with the Thessalonians and he himself was going through some persecutions himself. He finally left because of it.
Point was made that we always tend to look when we are suffering and find in our own minds that God is not there.
Illustration given about Gideon when he looked around and thought that God had left him alone.
Matt. 5 tell us that "Blessed are the persecuted for righteous sake for theirs is the kindom of
heaven. so so persecuted they the Prophets which were before you."
Embrace persecutions as a time for strengthen. ! Peter 1:6-7
Always act with integrity.