The Persecuted

Sermon Text:  Matthew 5:10-12 & Matthew 10:16-25

As William Sloan Coffin observed, “Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies;’ he didn’t say, ‘Don’t make any.’  Rather, he said, ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’” There are lots of different kinds of human suffering: illness, loneliness, and natural disasters. But Jesus like the prophets before him, endured – in addition to all the other forms of suffering -- a special kind of suffering called prophetic suffering, which is the backlash of power against truth....Read full sermon here (PDF)