Standing our ground can feel like we are standing on a pedestal alone and waiting to be ridiculed. There are some principles worth the potential hazards. This session focuses on Paul’s willingness to stand against other leaders in order to remain true to the Gospel. Begin with the introductory question on page 103 of the personal study guide. Consider making these substitutions:
- Question #2: In Christ we have the freedom to choose if we are going to stand for what is biblical right, how does this freedom impact our actions?
- Question #3: When we are standing up for what is right, it is easier when we know others support us and are willing to stand with us. Even though we think of a Paul as a strong, biblical hero, he was human. Why did Paul need the support of Barnabas, James, Peter, and John in order to speak boldly?
- Question #4: How do we ensure that we are standing our ground for a biblical principle rather than a traditional value or personal preference?
- Question #5: Read John 13:34-35. “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” How does our love impact the way we stand our ground?
Live it Out: Standing our ground comes with a cost. In the movie, Les Miserables, Jean Valjean, a escaped prisoner whose life was changed because of a minister’s influence became a respectable and loved businessman. However when a man is captured and thought to be Jean Valjean, the punishment for the man is death. Watch this clip to see what happens (If you do not see the video below, click here to go to watch the video on WingClips: http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/les-miserables/i-am-jean-val-jean
Most of us are not faced with such dramatic consequences of our silence. Discuss the cost of coming forward to do what is right. Ask if anyone has had an experience where they had to face the cost of choosing to do right.
As the discussion continues, create a list of non-negotiables based on Scripture. For example, working the full time you are being paid, not chatting on the phone with another woman’s husband, or refusing to fudge on documentation for other employees. End today’s session with prayer for the courage to stand for what is right and biblical. Pray for others to stand alongside us as we seek to stand.
We want to hear from you! How are you living out the topic of standing firm and refusing to compromise with the women in your class or small group?
The options for women for the When Relationships Collide unit were written by Deb Douglas, Minister to Women and Hope of First Baptist Bossier City, LA. Deb is a wife, mother, grandmother (call her Pearl!), writer, seamstress, and foodie! Follow her on twitter: DrDebDouglas and her blog: pinkkudzu.wordpress.com.