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2/27/17 at 03:38 PM 0 Comments

What Paul can teach us about facing persecution

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Berkeley riot

By Mark Ellis

Earlier this month, a polarizing and provocative Jewish conservative was due to speak at UC Berkeley, but a peaceful protest turned into a riot, with bricks, rocks, and fireworks thrown, fires set, stores looted, and police barricades used as battering rams to breach the venue where this man was about to speak.

Under police escort, this controversial speaker had to be evacuated from the scene for his own protection, or he might have been torn apart by the mob.

That description is not much different from what happened to another polarizing and provocative Jewish speaker, the Apostle Paul, who seemed to stir up riots in many of the places he spoke some two thousand years ago.

What could have been so controversial? Why were people so riled up?

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave us a mission: to make disciples among every nation and people group throughout the world, to baptize them, and teach them to observe his commands.

He said that once we finished this great mission, taking the gospel to the whole world, then he would return to rule and reign over the earth.

Paul became one of the first and perhaps greatest missionaries to launch this worldwide movement. The most exciting thing is that the finish line is in sight to complete the mission.

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