Every day thirteen Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith. Another twelve are arrested or imprisoned simply because they profess faith in Christ Jesus. In the U.S. we have freedom of religion enshrined as a constitutional right, but that is no guarantee for a life free of persecution. Until Judgment Day, some will attempt to shut down the truth of Christ. We will be persecuted. That won’t stop us. Christ never promised his Church that ministry would operate unopposed. But he did promise to give courage to his witnesses. God’s Word in our worship today encourages and strengthens us to share Christ despite persecution.