Session 1 – Thursday Evening

Dr. Mark Stevenson

Dave Anderson

Joseph: Faithful in the Little Things (Genesis 39-40)

Learn from Joseph as he serves the Lord in obscurity. The prison becomes the training ground for his humility, lowliness, and faithfulness. And all the while, “The Lord was with Joseph…” Believers have much to learn from the life of Joseph as it relates to living a godly life in a hostile and pagan society.

Session 2 – Friday Morning

Dave Anderson

The Major Lessons from the Life of Joseph (Genesis 50:1-26)

Joseph was a man who lived through incredible hostility and yet remained steadfast in his trust of God’s sovereignty over prisons and families and nations. He was a model for the nation of Israel, and he is a model for us, as we face unknown days ahead. His life provides rich application for believers seeking to follow Christ in the midst of an increasingly secular age.

 

Session 3 – Friday Afternoon

Dave Anderson

Dr. Winfred Neely

Serving Christ Unconditionally (Daniel 3:1-30)

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Session 4 – Friday Evening

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Dr. Winfred Neely

The Handwriting on the Wall of the 21st Century (Daniel 5:1-31)

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Session 5 – Saturday Morning

Dr. Jack Fish

Ben Mathew

Rejoice in Suffering (Acts 5:12-42)

As the gospel of Jesus Christ began to change lives in the 1st century, the religious rulers felt threatened and began the first of many attempts to stop this new movement from spreading. But the early church didn’t run away from the persecution. In fact, they "rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name” (Acts 5:41).This has always been the way of the Gospel: the Gospel is preached, people get saved, culture gets scared, culture pushes back, the gospel grows stronger. What happened in the 1st century, is similar to what’s happening in our 21st century. As our culture gets more scared and intends to push against the proclamation of Jesus Christ, we can learn from the early church to stand boldly in the face of persecution and rejoice that we too are counted in the company of those who are worthy enough to suffer for the Gospel.

 

Session 6 – Saturday Afternoon

Dr. Mark Stevenson

Ben Mathew

The Faith of Stephen in the Fire of Persecution (Acts 6:8 - 7:60)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ continued to have a profound effect on many people, but the religious leaders of Jerusalem were convinced this new movement was a threat against their way of life.  The ’trial’, defense and killing of Steven is a watermark event for the early church, and it ushered in a new wave of persecution that had a man name Saul ‘ravaging the church’ (Acts 8:3). But the power of the Gospel is not found in strength and prestige; it’s found in humility, persecution and even death.  The life and death of Stephen is a clarion call to the church today to stand for the gospel, to show grace to those that oppose us, and to welcome the fire of persecution for the sake of the Gospel.

Session 7 – Saturday Evening

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Alex Strauch

Facing Opposition with Courage, Wisdom, and Knowledge (Acts 25:23-27)

Many Christians today are naïve about persecution and suffering for the Gospel message. But this should not be. Jesus and all the apostles warned repeatedly that we would suffer rejection and persecution from this world. The world rejected the Messiah, the Son of God, and they will continue to reject his messengers. In the book of Acts, we see persecution and suffering for the name of Christ as part of normal Christian living. In this session, we will study the latter part of Acts to see how Paul and his coworkers showed courage and wisdom in the face of hostility. We will draw important lessons on how we today can act with courage, wisdom, and knowledge, as we are being marginalized and despised by our increasingly radical, secular society.