||Is the Church Secure?
There is an aggressive, consistently growing, vocal and active attack on the church in our culture. In a society where every viewpoint is tolerated and every ideology is celebrated, there is one that is becoming unacceptable--the Christian viewpoint. Once we were marginalized; now we are attacked. What are we to make of this? How secure is the church of Christ? What can we expect in the future and how should we respond to those who want to silence us?
I. An Unexpected Future (vss 12-17)
A. Hated by the Religious Establishment
B. Hated by the Secular World
C. Betrayed by Family
II. An Unavoidable Factor: "for My name's sake" (vss 12, 17)
A. Because of Christ’s Person
B. Because of Christ’s Message
III. His Unwavering Followers (vss 18-19)
A. Rest in His Promises
B. Remain Perseverant
1. When was the last time you were persecuted (verbally or physically) for your faith? How did you respond? What was the outcome?
2. How have your expectations of being a follower of Christ changed over time? How can you best prepare for future trials?