John 15:1 – 25, Philippians 1:19 – 30
Philippians 1:29 (NKJV)
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
I Persecution is to be expected because of the Church’s union with Christ.
II Persecution is not to be dreaded because it is beneficial to our souls.
Philippians 1:28 (NKJV)
28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
III Persecution will be overruled by God for the advancement of his kingdom.
Philippians 1:12 (NKJV)
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,