Jesus said that the world would hate them. It would also persecute them. That’s serious stuff. But who is “the world”? What is the difference between hatred and persecution?
When it comes to this topic, we need to caution against over-simplification and a sky-is-falling mentality. But we also need to take our changing situation seriously as Jesus’ people move back into the margins and become (once again) subject to the world’s scorn.
This sermon explores John 15:18 – 16:4 and provides five ways to respond to this evolving reality. One thing is for sure: We need to fall out of love with fitting in.
Below is the YouTube video version. Under that is the audio-only download. You can also access a link to the “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan.
As mentioned, you can access the extra “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan (by clicking here) or by finding it wherever you subscribe to podcasts — iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn). It’s called “Persecution, being hated, and falling away according to Jesus.”
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