Although Acts 8:1-3 will be our main text, we’ll jump around all over the Bible this week to show our youth that this has always been the pattern of sinful man, dating well before Jesus’ arrival on earth. We’ll also quote Jesus Himself (John 3:20;15:18), as well as the Apostle Paul towards the end of his ministry (2 Timothy 3:12), all in the effort to show that the very nature of sin is to oppose God, His truth, and His people who live in obedience to that truth. This the sad reality for all sin and sinners, and has been the case since the fall of man. Mankind’s willful opposition to the Gospel will be a constant until Jesus comes back, and we want our students to be prepared for this reality.
However, we don’t want this truth to discourage our students from sharing the Gospel…but to encourage them! We want them to be obedient to Jesus Christ, no matter what the cost. In doing so, we as Christian join a noble line of believers throughout the ages who have been hated by the world but held precious in the sight of our Creator. Consider these words of our Lord and Savior:
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Please pray that our students will focus on learning this truths from scripture this week, as well as being encouraged to share the Gospel boldly in their friend groups and at the schools here in Elbert County. Our world desperately needs the Gospel, and we don’t ever want our students to shy away from that responsibility because of fear of those who can harm the body, but cannot harm the soul. Instead, may they live bold and obedient lives for Christ! Please join us in praying this for them now, and in the weeks and months to come.