Despite raids by police, house churches continue to meet and preach and pray on every Sunday. Their devotion to these spiritual disciplines is preparing their bodies and souls for whatever is to come. If we were placed in their situation, would our spiritual disciplines give us the resilience to endure this kind of suffering?
Before you imitate Christ, before you are sanctified, you must know that Jesus Christ truly died for you as a free gift of grace. You must understand this in order to be sanctified; otherwise your sanctification is self-reliant and self-centered, and self-centeredness is the source of all sin.
There are lots of minority people in our church. They are transformed by the gospel, and they ask us at the church to pray for their people and for their families, because they are still worshiping idols and do not know God.
If American churches could pray for the churches in China, pray that the Chinese churches will be burning with the loving fire of the gospel to share the gospel with their neighbors and save their souls.
On the morning of Saturday, September 1, 2018, one of China's leading house churches, Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, posted a joint statement on Facebook declaring its stance on the new religious regulations. So far, the document has been signed by 116 church leaders across the country and the call for signatures remains open.
When I teach I bring another disciple with me; that way he can pray for me and we two together help a new believer grow. This helps us to be humbler, because we know we are not glorified by success or ashamed by failure; there is always one other who is watching over us.