Session 12 Extra: Persecuted Church

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In John 21, students will hear Jesus’ words to Peter that he would suffer a death that would glorify God.

Use this opportunity to teach your teenagers that true followers of Jesus can expect deep joy and peace but also suffering. Our suffering will likely be different from Peter’s. We may not have to face martyrdom, but we may endure rejection, ridicule, misunderstanding, and more.

Encourage your students to faithfully follow and serve their Lord, even when it is hard to do so. Point out that those who share in Christ’s suffering will also share in his glory (Rom. 8:17).

Then take time to close this session with prayers for the persecuted church. You may want to visit some of these websites ahead of time to focus on current, specific needs around the world. (Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of all content on the websites.)

Be Heard Project

Voice of the Martyrs

Open Doors

Persecution.org: International Christian Concern

Christian Freedom International

You can also download this Prayer Guide from Mission to the World for missionaries and persecuted Christians.

What situations did you pray for? What were your students’ reactions?

Click here for more resources for A Study of John 11–21.

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