Posted by Marcus Taylor

An Invitation
This Sunday South Tapps Church will be taking part in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. We invite you to join us as we share stories of brave and faithful brothers and sisters who face persecution on a daily basis, pray for them, and worship the sovereign God who has called them to faith.

Where Christianity = Risk
If you are a Christian in America, risk is not inevitable. For the most part, you determine what level of risk you will accept for the sake of Jesus Christ. If you are willing to accept being passed over for a promotion and snubbed by co-workers, you will take a small risk and share the gospel. If you are willing to risk your health and freedom, you will go on a medical mission to Nigeria or a Bible mission to Iran. You decide how much to risk for Jesus Christ. But for many Christians risk is not a choice. To be a Christian is to be at risk. Danger is their shadow; an ever-present, inescapable reality. Even as I write this, we have brothers and sisters in Iran and Malaysia and Uzbekistan and North Korea and Somalia and Sudan and Burma and in other countries who are like Paul “in danger in the city, in danger in the wilderness, in danger at sea, and in danger from false brothers” (2 Corinthians 11:26). In other words they are in danger every day of their lives everywhere they go. These children of God are part of the persecuted church. For them to be a Christian IS to risk their lives.

Not Outside of God’s Reach
We do not believe the persecution these believers face is outside of God’s reach or foreign to his plan. He is writing the great story of his church in which the very least of his people will triumph over the greatest darkness through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:22)! Their glorious ending is certain, but our brothers and sisters need us to pray that now, while the lion roars, their faith will not fail, their hope will hold fast, and their light will not go out. Will you join us in prayer for them?

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