Criminal A Life Night on the Persecuted Christ About this Life Night This Life Night approaches a greater level of depth than previous Life Nights in the (Censored) series. The Life Night begins with a reading of the Passion narrative. This reading should involve the teenagers, a music minister to lead worship, and imagery that accompanies the text. This is followed by a period of journaling and a brief teaching about Christian persecution. Teenagers have an opportunity during the Break to discuss the image of Christ as a criminal and the reality of Christian persecution in small groups. The Life Night ends with a prayer for an end to Christian persecution. Goal of This Night The goal of Criminal is to present teenagers with the image of Jesus as a condemned criminal and challenges them to recognize that Christian persecution is still very real and often a part of following Christ. Catechism # 545 # 595 - 598 # 606 - 609 Scripture Matthew 10:22 -24 Matthew 27: Luke 23: John 19: Key Concepts • Jesus was condemned to die as a criminal; He was executed as an enemy of Rome and handed over by His own people. • Jesus tells us that, if we follow Him, we will also encounter persecution and hatred. This should not discourage us; when we are persecuted for our faith we are really living it well. • Christian persecution exists today in many parts of the world. We must unite with those that face criminal charges, persecution, and even death for their faith with our prayer. Key Terms Martyr End of Free Preview Thanks for reviewing this Life Night! If you would like the full version of this resource please sign in. If you are signed in and still can't download this resource, please contact parish support in the chat below.