A church that has little impact on its members will be unlikely to attract much attention. However a lively, growing church which has a challenging impact both on its members and the surrounding community, can expect to face all kinds of problems or opposition.
Problems may come from the authorities, particularly in countries where the church is suffering or persecuted. Problems, even violence, may come from people whose lifestyle is threatened because it is based on exploiting the poor to make large profits. This might include money lenders, drug dealers or brothel owners. Divisions may develop through personal tensions and arguments among members or the leadership. Leaders may be unable to resist temptation and become involved in sexual sin or mishandling money.
Expect opposition and pray for protection against temptations and divisions. Teach members to be more aware of the need to face opposition. Encourage people to study Bible passages which will help to strengthen their faith. Make sure that individuals are not left to suffer the consequences of opposition without support. Remember, too, that opposition can often strengthen and unite the church.