Surviving Persecution

At Global Catalytic Ministries, we believe Christians can and should thrive in persecution, not simply survive it.  In fact, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus blesses those persecuted for righteousness and encourages them to rejoice, promising a great reward. 

As seen in the persecuted church’s growth amidst severe trials, there is a true Kingdom exchange available for the persecuted church: our weakness for God’s strength. 

A Story of Survival

Two disciple makers in the Middle East had an encounter that put this theology to the test. While hiking in nearby mountains they met Taliban fighters and were abducted. They quickly realized they were not going to make it out of the situation alive and began to pray, asking Jesus to help them.

What followed was a true exchange of weakness for strength. While we can and should be prepared to die for the sake of the gospel, in this instance the two disciple-makers felt a sudden, overwhelming courage to fight back.

Though one was stabbed and the other shot in the exchange, they managed to run away from their abductors and down the mountain, finding a police checkpoint and transportation to a hospital for medical treatment.

Glorify Christ In Persecution

Of course, we recognize that not all who face persecution survive. However, survival is not our ultimate goal. We seek to glorify Christ with our lives, whatever that looks like. In this story, God chose to spare these two disciple makers so that they may continue to make disciples a while longer.

While it may seem counterintuitive to face death and continue making disciples therefore continuing to risk their lives, for those who understand persecution it is the clear path.

Understanding Persecution

By embracing the biblical understanding of persecution, Christians can make peace with suffering, recognizing it as a source of blessing both on Earth and in Heaven. It’s time for the global church to redefine its perception of persecution, freeing believers to thrive in all circumstances and serve Jesus regardless of the cost.

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”