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Leap for joy!

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Persecution is always a possibility for the followers of Jesus and his Church. We may face hostility from employers, neighbors, government, and family members because of our beliefs and practices. So, how should we react when the possibility becomes a brutal reality? Jesus and the Apostles provided clear instructions and examples of how the Church must respond when faced with persecution.

Justified from His Faith

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Paul presents the points of agreement and disagreement with his Judaizing opponents in Galatia – Galatians 2:15-21 . What identifies the people of God and determines membership in His Assembly is Jesus, especially the Messiah revealed on the cross, and nothing else ! This does not mean that the Law of Moses served no purpose, but it is not the basis for determining who is acquitted of sin by God. Right standing before Him is obtained “ through the faith OF Jesus Christ ,” and not “ from the deeds of the Law .”

Circumcision

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With the new era inaugurated by Jesus, circumcision is no longer the required sign of membership in the covenant community . Circumcision is an obstacle to any claim that disciples of Jesus are required to keep the regulations of the Mosaic Law. In the  Book of Genesis , circumcision was the entrance rite of the covenant with Abraham, the identifying sign of the covenant. Moreover, it is mandatory under the Law given through Moses at Mount Sinai. Therefore, if circumcision is no longer required for membership in the covenant, then the jurisdiction of the Law has changed .

Sofrimento por Jesus

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Seguir a Jesus requer disposição para sofrer por ele, e suportar a perseguição é a maior honra imaginável em seu reino . Retaliação e violência não são reações corretas à hostilidade e perseguição para os discípulos de Jesus. Em vez disso, devem enfrentar ameaças e agressões com humildade, misericórdia e perdão. Isto é o que significa “ negar-se a si mesmo ”, “ tomar a sua cruz ” e segui-lo aonde quer que ele conduza. Fazer o bem ao “ inimigo ” é contrário à “ sabedoria deste século ”, mas fazer isso é como nos tornamos “ perfeitos como o Pai Celestial .”

Gospel Message - מסר הבשורה

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הבשורה של ישוע המשיח אינה עוסקת ברפורמה בחברה או בממשלות. המסר שלו קורא לכל הגברים להתחרט ולהצטרף לסדר חברתי חדש לחלוטין ולמציאות פוליטית ייחודית, מלכות אלוהים. המסר שלו מנוגד לאידיאולוגיות הפוליטיות של הסדר העולמי הנוכחי. אנחנו חייבים להגיב בחיוב להזמנתו מאז סוף העידן מתקרב כאשר הסדר הקיים ייעלם מן הפלנטה.

Ele Dá Vida

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O Evangelho de João identifica Jesus como o Logos, a “ palavra ” através da qual Deus fez o universo. Este tema é proeminente no Evangelho de João . Baseia-se em ideias tradicionais da Bíblia hebraica sobre como Deus criou o mundo, e especialmente a vida, através da sua palavra falada. Jesus de Nazaré é a expressão última daquela palavra proferida pelo Deus vivo.