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Session 21

The Making of a Martyr

Read: Revelation 17

Every year, thousands of our fellow believers around the globe are murdered because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. That statement may seem a bit sensational or even exaggerated, but a quick Google search and a look at who is reporting these statistics will confirm it. More to the point, Jesus told us it would happen in John 16:2.

Nothing solidifies our priorities more than thinking about what we would die for.  Nevertheless, it is difficult to accurately predict how we will really respond when the time comes to lay it all on the line. Peter, for instance, in John 13:37, told Jesus that he would follow him anywhere - even to the point of laying down his life. Not even the fondness and familiarity that came with following Jesus for three years, however, kept Peter from eventually denying Jesus three times.

Roughly 33 years later, Peter did lay down his life for Jesus in the city of Rome. What made the difference? What made the same man who wouldn’t admit knowing Jesus boldly proclaim Him before the city of Rome and willingly die for his Master? Without any doubt, it was the resurrection of Jesus that transformed Peter.

Peter, crushed by guilt, mourned the death of Jesus and experienced first hand His forgiveness after seeing him raised from the dead. That one fact, that the grave could not hold his Savior, made everything else that Jesus said worth staking his life on. That one fact, and our willingness to let it change our own perspective, is the thing that will transform us from Jesus’ Facebook friends to actual disciples and, perhaps, one day into one of his martyrs.

Reflect:

  • How does the thought of laying down your own life for Jesus change your perspective on your day-to-day existence?
  • How do we prepare ourselves for something like Peter faced? Read 1 Corinthians 15:31.
  • Do you think we will ever see the kind of persecution here that other Christians in the world experience? Why or why not?

1

You Can Be Fearless

You Can Be Fearless

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2

Stop Going Through The Motions

Stop Going Through The Motions

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3

How To Overcome Your Worst Fears

How To Overcome Your Worst Fears

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4

How To Overcome Temptation

How To Overcome Temptation

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5

Look How Far You’ve Come

Look How Far You’ve Come

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6

Do You Work Out?

Do You Work Out?

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7

A Command For Every Christian

A Command For Every Christian

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8

Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

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9

Worship Doesn’t Just Happen on Sunday

Worship Doesn’t Just Happen on Sunday

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10

Worthy

Worthy

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11

Is Judgment Day For Real?

Is Judgment Day For Real?

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12

Fighting For Us Always

Fighting For Us Always

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13

There Is Another Way

There Is Another Way

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14

How Much Do You Need To Know?

How Much Do You Need To Know?

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15

What You Need To Know When Hope Seems Lost

What You Need To Know When Hope Seems Lost

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16

When Satan Attacks

When Satan Attacks

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17

The Authority on Joy

The Authority on Joy

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18

Christianity Isn’t A Magic Wand

Christianity Isn’t A Magic Wand

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19

If It Ain’t Good, Then God Ain’t Done

If It Ain’t Good, Then God Ain’t Done

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20

What’s The Purpose Of Wrath?

What’s The Purpose Of Wrath?

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21

The Making of a Martyr

The Making of a Martyr

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22

Get Rich Quick Or Be Rich Forever

Get Rich Quick Or Be Rich Forever

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23

Don’t Worship The Messenger

Don’t Worship The Messenger

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24

Who Are You, Lord?

Who Are You, Lord?

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25

Satan Will Meet His Doom

Satan Will Meet His Doom

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26

Not Everyone Experiences Heaven

Not Everyone Experiences Heaven

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27

A Personal Appointment

A Personal Appointment

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