Prepping for Persecution
On Wednesday Night, April 27th, at 6:30pm, we will study about "Preparing for Persecution." We will begin with the story of Pastor Andrew Brunson who had served in Turkey for 23 years as an Evangelical Presbyterian missionary & church planter. But in July 2016 after an assassination attempt on Turkish President Erdogan, Pastor Brunson was arrested on false charges of terrorism and spying and was imprisoned for 2 years. In October 2018, He was released only after pressure from President Trump's administration.
He admits that he "broke" under the pressure of interrogation and persecution and had it not been for the prayers of fellow Christians and the encouragement of his wife who refocused him on his Love FOR & Faith IN Christ, he may have turned his back on the Lord altogether.
Since Pastor Brunson's release from prison - he has been warning the American church to prepare for persecution. He doesn't believe American Christians are prepared because of the influence of the "prosperity gospel" that has been preached for decades which promises that if believers have enough faith, then they will receive peace, prosperity, power, protection, and miracles. But when you find yourself behind bars and you pray and no earthquakes happen and the jail doors do not open and it seems that God is silent - How do you handle it?
Our Wednesday Night Question of the Week: Are you Prepared for Persecution?