1. Read verse 8. What does "remember" mean? What are we to remember about Jesus Christ? Why is it important for us to remember that Jesus Christ was "raised from the dead"?
2.Read verse 9. Paul was in chains. But God's word is not chained. Why is it important for the servant of God’s word to know that although he might be in chains, God’s word is not chained? What can we learn from Paul in serving God's word despite personal limitations?
3.Read verse 10. This passage indicates that the possibility for the "elect" to "obtain" the salvation that is in Christ Jesus is not entirely unrelated to Paul choosing to "endure" everything. Suppose however that Paul does not "endure" difficulties like his chain. What will happen to the so-called "elect"? What can we learn from Paul who chose to "endure" everything for the sake of the elect? (John 10:12-13)
4.Read verses 11-13. In this passage the word "we" is repeated 6 times. Who are "we"? The word “if” is repeated 4 times. What does this indicate about the nature of our relationship with Jesus Christ? How will Jesus reward those who are loyal to him even to the point of death?