Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
. Describe a time in your life when you faced strong opposition from someone. Who was your opponent, and how were they opposing you?
. Do your opponents sometimes impact the things that you do and the way that you feel?
3. In what ways would your life look differently if you did not worry about facing opposition, but instead acted confidently and without fear?
4. Have you ever been falsely accused or suffered for something that you did not do? How did it make you feel?
5. Describe a time in your life when you had to focus on the long-term outcome, rather than getting caught up in the current circumstance.