Christian Persecution Advent Guide

by Alexei Laushkin

Kingdom Mission Society (the ministry I founded) has this terrific Advent Guide on Christian Persecution.

The guide includes sample liturgies for use.

From the intro:

Advent is a time of preparation. It’s a time for seeking the presence of God in our world and watching for the “renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28). It’s a time when we remember that the presence of God came down two thousand years ago in the form of an infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. This child was the Messiah. Jesus. Immanuel. God with us.

During Advent, we turn our hearts and minds to the first and second comings of our King. We reflect upon the mystery of His coming and what it means for how we live our lives. We acknowledge that Christ does not save from afar, but meets us right where we are with an outstretched hand. He walked among us. He dwelled with us. He went to the margins. God became flesh (John 1:14). He became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9). He became one with the oppressed, the vulnerable, and the persecuted. And He calls us to do likewise.

In this Advent season, let us allow our reflections upon the incarnation of Jesus to inspire and prompt us to be His hands and feet to one another. And to whom is Jesus closer than to those who suffer persecution for His name? Out of love for our brothers and sisters who suffer daily for the name of Jesus, let us be His hands and feet to them. Let this be our joyous privilege and our urgent task.

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

– Hebrews 13:3 (NIV)

 


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