During Jesus' ministry on earth, He taught His disciples that they would face persecution for His name (Mark 10:29-30; Matthew 5:10). The fact is that persecution is a fact of Christianity. From the very foundation of the church, this persecution has taken many forms and come from many sources.
In today's session, we look at the persecution beginning with the Jewish persecution, but as recorded in the book of Acts, as well as the persecution that continued and is recorded in history outside the pages of Scripture. We then move on to the persecution under the Roman empire.
And as grim as this topic is to consider, we also consider the fruit of persecution. It is often said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Persecution led to the spread of the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson.