The two Sundays of November 6 & 13 are dedicated to remembering and praying for the Persecuted Church around the World. Please join in prayer and to mobilize your Churches to remember those who are persecuted for believing in Christ.
Do you know that?
- Over 360 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination.
- 5,898 Christians killed for their faith last year.
- 5,110 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
- 4,765 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned. (Open Doors)
a. Jesus himself predicted that his followers will be persecuted.
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John 16:1-3, 33.
b. The early Church went through persecution and martyrdom.
“Persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”II Timothy 3:11, 12
c. Even Today, many Christians in nations around the world are facing opposition, hostility, and persecution.
See Report below of the WAGF Pentecostal Commission on Religious Liberty (PCRL) and prayer requests for the ‘International Day of Prayer’ for the Persecuted Church, scheduled for November 6, 2022:
See Other Resources:
- Watch Video on the Persecuted Church.
- Why are your persecuting me?
- Open Doors.
- Do Not Forget the Suffering Church by Rev. Max Schläpfer
- A Biblical Theology of Persecution.
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” Heb 13:2.