Endurance in the Midst of Intolerance

Dear Church Family,

In the sermon this past Sunday (Hebrews 10:32-39 – “The Need of Endurance”) we talked about the kind of persecution that the first recipients of the epistle to the Hebrews endured as being both religious and from the civil government. And, we noted that though our present circumstances are very different, we are seeing an increasing amount of intolerance toward Christians and Christian churches today.

As we talked about these things, I quoted from an article by L. John Van Til entitled, “Will Christians Survive in Today’s Secular World? A Review of The Benedict Option.” I encourage you to read this review as it might pique your interest in the book The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. This book has been the subject of much commentary and many discussions since its release in March of this year. I haven’t read it yet, myself, but I plan to in the very near future.

This coming Sunday, we will come to the first of five planned sermons in the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews. Often described as “the hall of faith” or the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1), Hebrews 11 gives us many examples of believers, who are of the same faith as ours, and how they lived “by faith” in times of both triumph and suffering. I pray that out study of these witnesses will be an encouragement to us all. See you on Sunday!

The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch