oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Perseverance through suffering: A spirituality for mission
The suffering of Christian believers on account of hostility, disparagement or persecution, especially due to their faith in and confession of Christ, is a global phenomenon and the 20th century has seen more Christian martyrs than any previous century. This was anticipated by the two most prominent figures in the New Testament, Jesus and Paul, e.g. in 2 Timothy 3:12: '...all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.'
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