Sermon: Responding in Hope and Prayer – Rev. Benedict Muthusami, Open Doors Malaysia

Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
– 2 Timothy 3:12

This week, we were blessed and challenged to hear from Rev. Benedict Muthusami, Director of Open Doors Malaysia, a ministry dedicated to serving the Persecuted Church. He preached from 2 Timothy 3:10-16.

Rev. Benedict’s sermon was a powerful reminder about the “bullied” people in our midst and the power of prayer.

We sometimes forget, we are one church that stretches across the world. Whenever one part suffers, we all suffer.

While the message highlighted solidarity and awareness, through it all, there was also a tone of hope: hope in the awesome power of God in the midst of great evil.

We also heard a powerful story of prayer across the world that made a real difference.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the smallness of things that we miss the bigness of God.

So what should we do when we are “bullied”?

We need to respond in love and prayer:

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14.

That’s a call to us.

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As part of his visit with us, Rev. Benedict also shared that Open Doors is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year.

He also shared with us the World Watch List, published annually by Open Doors International. The watch list ranks the top 50 countries with Christian persecution.

We were dismayed to find out that Malaysia has climbed to #37 from #40 the previous year, due to issues of religious freedom and the use of Bahasa Malaysia bibles.

In support of Open Doors’ ministry, we dedicated our missions offering this week to them.

We thank Open Doors for visiting us and sharing their heart with us. We also especially pray and thank them for the important work that they do for the Church as a whole.

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This Sunday: Guest Preacher from Open Doors Ministry

This coming Sunday, we will have the privilege of hearing from Open Doors International, the world’s largest outreach to persecuted Christians in the most high-risk places.

Open Doors has visited BLC before. We look forward to a time of being blessed and challenged as we hear about the challenges facing the Persecuted Church from around the world.

Our missions offering for this coming Sunday will also be in support of Open Doors International.

See you next week!

International Day Of Prayer For The Persecuted Church 2013

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Today, we had the pleasure of welcoming again Rev. Benedict Muthusami of Open Doors International to join us in marking the International Day Of Prayer For The Persecuted Church 2013.

Rev. Benedict led us through a short time of devotion based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 – focusing on the Body of Christ, the persecuted church, and how “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

He also shared with us about the World Watch List for 2013 – a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. First of all, the list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in the entire country. The focus is on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons.

As he was sharing with us about the persecution of Christians – he also shared with us a very inspiring message from the brothers and sisters who are facing persecution. He said, “The persecuted church does not even ask for anything, or even for the persecution to end. Only that the universal church remembers them in prayer.”

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So from there, he led us to a time of praying for the persecuted church. Using prayer guides that symbolized parts of the body, we gathered into various groups and prayed for persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in various countries.

If you feel that you want to do more to support the work of Open Doors International or to play your part to encourage Christians who are being persecuted, there is a list of action items you can consider over here.

Let’s do our part today! Just 5 minutes, can make a difference – especially in prayer.