Followers of Jesus who suffered

Followers of Jesus who suffered

One of the most consistent themes within the New Testament is the calling of Jesus’ followers to suffer. The roots of this are found in the figure of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah, which finds its fulfilment not only in the calling of Jesus but the calling of the church as well. Whilst the suffering and death of Jesus is unique in achieving the defeat of evil, the New Testament is also clear that the way that the victory of Jesus goes on being implemented is through the faithful suffering of his followers.

At the 9.30 service during January we will explore this theme by looking at six followers of Jesus who were called to suffer – James and John, Mary, Stephen, Peter and Paul. As we examine something of their stories and what they were told about suffering, the intention is that this will help us to place our own suffering within our faith in Jesus Christ so that it can be further used for God’s purpose.

3 January James and John   Stephen Kuhrt
10 January Mary   Ruth Henson
17 January Stephen   Andy Black
24 January Peter   Pete Everett
31 January Paul   Becky Mills