Weekly Order of Worship:
Sermon for this week:
"Blessed in Persecution?"
(The Beatitudes #8)
Rev. Jerry Ledbetter, preaching
“Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" #730 (CH)
“Lead On, O King Eternal" #724 (CH)
Scripture Lessons this week:
1 Peter 3:13-17 (New International Version)
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
Matthew 5:10-12 (New International Version)
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.