5i: WHAT IS CHURCH? How the Apostles Died

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1  Matthew 

Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound. 



2   Mark

Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.





Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.



4  John 

Faced martyrdom when  he was boiled in huge  Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.

John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of  Patmos … He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully. 



He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.

According to church tradition it was because 

he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.



The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple  when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club. 
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation. 


7 James the Great

Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. 

The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

James the Great




Also known as Nathaniel. Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey.  Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip. 




Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece.  After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour.

The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired. 


10  Thomas

Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.



11 Jude

Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.



12  Matthias 

The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded. 




13  Paul 

Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in  A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational  Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament. 

Perhaps this is a reminder to us  that our sufferings here Are indeed minor compared To the intense persecution And cold cruelty faced by the apostles And disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated Of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew  

God is ever watching you 

Faith is not believing that God can,
It is knowing that God WILL!”

Jesus’ Death

The Death of Jesus 

THE  (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS  At the age of 33, 
Jesus was condemned to death .  At the time 
Crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst 
Criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was 
Even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike 
Other criminals condemned to death by 
Crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the 
Cross by His hands and feet. 
Each nail 
Was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails 
Were driven into His wrist. Not 
Into His palms as is commonly 
Portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that 
Extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew 
That when the nails were being hammered into the 
Wrist that tendon would tear and 
Break, forcing Jesus to use His back 
Muscles to support himself so that He could 

Both of His feet 
Were nailed together. Thus He was forced to 
Support Himself on the single nail that 
Impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could 
Not support himself with His legs because of the pain 
So He was forced to alternate between arching His 
Back then using his legs just to continue to 
Breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the 
Suffering, the courage. 

Jesus endured this 
Reality for over 3 hours. Yes, 
Over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of 
Suffering? A few minutes before He died, 
Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water 
From his wounds. From common images 
We see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound 
To His side… But do we realize His wounds 
Were actually made in his body. A hammer 
Driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped 
And an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a 
Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But 
Before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and 
Beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the 
Flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His 
Face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The 
Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men 
Would not have survived this torture. ” He had no more blood 
To bleed out, only water poured from His 
Wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters 
(just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 
Liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His 
Members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond 
That, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His 
All these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own 
Cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his 
Face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, 
Only for its higher part, where His hands were 
Nailed). Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, So that you can have free 
Access to God. So that your sins  could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception! 
Don’t ignore this situation. 


He died for you! It Has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced 
To save you. Now think about this! May God bless your 


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