MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

Coming Persecutions and Whom to Fear

Hello and greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Today we will discuss about the word of God according to the gospel of Matthew 10: 24-39.  In this scripture, it talks about the coming persecutions and whom to fear during the persecutions.
This is a continuation of last week's bible discussion as Jesus was sending his twelve disciples on a mission. To strengthen them while on their mission, he showed them the dangers and the challenges that they will endure during their mission.

The following are few key points picked for our discussions today.

Jesus told his disciples that:
  • "Do not be afraid of people. Whatever I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and whatever you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who will kill the body but will not kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who will destroy both body and soul." (Matt 10:26-28)
  • "Those who declare publicly that they belong to me , I will do the same for them before my Father in heaven." (Matt 10:32-33)
  • "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers. Your worst enemies will be the members of your own family." (Matthew 10:34-36)
  • "Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples. Those who love their sons or daughters more than me are not fit to be my disciples." (Matthew 10:37)
  • "Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples." (Matthew 10:38)
  • "Those who try to gain their own life will lose it, but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it"(Matthew 10:39)

Bible Discussions

Jesus told his disciples while sending them on a mission by encouraging them and strengthening them of the dangers of persecutions to be endured in preaching the Good News.

Jesus already knew that there were persecutions and challenges ahead of them in spreading the Good News to all nations. So he told them, do not be afraid of people. Do not be afraid of being killed. Do not be afraid of losing your life for you will gain it if you lose in his sake while on the mission of preaching and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Jesus also knew that they might be worried about leaving their family members behind to go on a mission so he told them that do not love their family more than they love him.

He told them to carry their cross and follow in his steps.
When we look at carrying a cross, it talks about the pain and troubles in life one must endure to follow Jesus.

So in our lives, if we choose to follow Jesus and and want to be his disciples, we have to face the challenges and troubles in life and never give up. Do not be afraid or ashamed of preaching the gospel. Do not be afraid of people threatening you while in a mission to preach the gospel. Do not be afraid of thieves when on a mission to preach the gospel. 

Always put more efforts and commit more resources in the preaching and spreading and maintaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on earth. We know that being Christ's disciple is not an easy task and has no ending so we keep endure all of them and  declare publicly that we belong to Jesus and continue to serve him and Jesus will declare that we belong to him before his Father in Heaven and we live with him forever.

Amen





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