New Testament Lesson: 2 Timothy 4:1-8 (Paul’s Charge to Timothy)
Gospel Lesson: John 15:18-27 (The World Hates the Disciples)

You might think that Paul’s reward for a life of faithfulness to Jesus and sacrifice for the ministry of the gospel would be a comfortable and peaceful retirement. Not quite. Instead, his final days were met with persecution, prison, and ultimately an early death. Jesus makes it clear that the world will hate the message and the messengers of Jesus, just as it hated Him. That’s why Jesus tells us in the book of Revelation, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

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