The Real Lockdown
This coming Sunday (15th Nov) is the International Day of Prayer for Christians suffering persecution because of their faith. It’s a chance for us to stand with them in prayer, and cry out for freedom, peace and justice for our brothers and sisters so fiercely opposed and oppressed.
In the morning service, we’re thrilled to welcome Jim Stewart from Open Doors as our guest speaker. He will be picking up from where we left off last Sunday:
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
And then, in the evening, we won’t be having our usual evening message – but instead will be joining the International Day of Prayer online. It’s organized by Open Doors, The Evangelical Alliance, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Release International and will a special opportunity to stand together with so many other believers all around the world in prayer and petition before God.
The evening event starts at 7.30pm and can be viewed here:
Back on the 25th October, our morning service featured an interview Elnur Jabiev, a person who has experienced persecution firsthand, and now heads up a “Turkic Belt Ministries” (http://turkicbeltministries.co.uk/) to seek to support persecuted Christians today.
That interview was just a little snippet of a much larger conversation, and I wanted to share more of that interview so you can catch more of the breadth and depth of his journey, ministry and vision. I’ve uploaded it as podcast and you can listen to that here:
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
HEBREWS 13.1-3 (NLT)