Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. (Revelation 2:10 NIV)
OTHER VERSES TO NOTE
- Philippians 2:25-30
- Colossians 4:7-9, 14
- 2 Timothy 4:10
- Philemon 10-16
- 1 John 2:15-17
- Research persecution on the Internet or at your local library. Spend time looking at historical information on martyrs as well as modern-day occurrences. Then compile a list of countries where Christians are being persecuted today. Find out basic information about the country (how many people, what other religions, geographical location) and find out if your church supports any missionaries in the area. Then have your youth group (or a group of friends) pray for a different country each week.
- Is there such a thing as absolute truth? Why or why not?
- Was Jesus political? Explain.
- In what ways does persecution help the Church?