Must be clearly presented, but even after that we had suffered before
and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold
in our God with much contention [in the face of much opposition]
1 Thess. 2:2
They had been dragged into the market place (open court), where
they were beaten with Roman rods and cast into prison (Act. 16:16-24).
There is a principle for us in this : your witness today will determine
your effectiveness in witnessing for Christ on an even greater scale
tomorrow or the next day.
God will never forget the needy; the HOPE of the afflicted will never perish.