Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
The Epistle of 2nd Timothy lays out for us a challenging exhortation in these words, Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 2 Tim.1:8
Paul is talking about our calling and he tells us that we are called to a pathway of suffering. Furthermore, we are called to suffer with others who are suffering. The present world-wide persecution of Christians certainly gives us lots of opportunity to obey that exhortation. Why do Christian then abandon and forsake those who are suffering?
It seems we would rather identify with the rich and famous, than the godly who are suffering. Shame on us. That’s the doctrine of the Prosperity Gospel, which is no gospel at all. The true believer has always been called upon to both suffer and to come along side those who are suffering. There are many of our brothers and sisters who need us right now.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.