What Is the Fruit of Persecution?
What is the Fruit of Persecution
(November - Week 4)
(1). Acts 8:1, 4 On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria… 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. (Fruit - evangelism)
(2). “To Mrs. Litovchenko, the paralyzed wife of the pastor whom we killed along the Eizovo River: I wish to tell you that I am sorry, more than you can ever know. To Nina Rudenko, the beautiful little teen-age girl whose life was ruined by my attack group, I ask, please forgive us. And, finally, to Natasha, whom I beat terribly and who was willing to be beaten a third time for her faith, …, largely because of you, my life is now changed and I am a fellow believer in Christ with you. I have a new life before me. God has forgiven me; I hope you can also.” (Fruit - conversion of persecutors) [Sergei Kourdakov, The Persecutor]
(3). “Philip James Elliot was an evangelical Christian missionary to Ecuador who, along with four others, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Waodani people through efforts known as Operation Auca. Elliot and his friends became instantly known worldwide as martyrs, and Life Magazine published a ten-page article on their mission and death. They are credited with sparking an interest in Christian missions among the youth of their time and are still considered an encouragement to Christian missionaries working throughout the world.” (Fruit - other missionaries) [http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/Jim-Elliot-Quotes/]
(4). “With tears in his eyes, (pseudonym) ’Pencil’ told Andrew the fate of his three friends. He shared how they had been bold witnesses for Christ, and how he had hid in fear as his best friends were taken away,” the report said. “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” Andrew asked, and “Pencil” told him, “I want to learn how to be brave like my friends, and unafraid to share Jesus.” … (“Pencil” was later arrested after he had returned to North Korea) His following interrogation quickly turned to torture, VOM said, as officers demanded to know the source of the Bible, and that “Pencil” recant… Beatings and torture, including pulling out his fingernails, followed… He was ordered to a labor camp. “Because of his endurance and how he shared the love of Jesus, many in the camp turned to Christ,” the VOM report said. “After two months in the camp, Pencil died. He never saw his 20th birthday. His body was removed from the camp, but the fruit of his short ministry there lived on.” (Fruit - courage to other believers) [Voice of the Martyrs - October 26, 2006 - Teen’s Testimony of Faith Unstopped By Death]
(5). Galatians 1:22-24 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they praised God because of me.
(6). Prayer thought: Acts 9: 4-5 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5“Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,”. When one is hacking at the vine branches, they are hacking at the vine. When one is persecuting the Christian, they are persecuting Christ. There will come a time when those who have died for Christ will see judgment (Revelations 6:9-11). Yet now as we pray for both the persecuted and the persecutors, we give thanks that there is fruit to the glory of God and Jesus Christ.