Add Perseverance

Add PerseveranceText: 2 Peter 1:5-11

Faith must be the foundation of all that we do. Yet there are various qualities we are to add to our faith. In this lesson, the trait we will focus on is perseverance.

Define Perseverance

  • Greek word hypomoné – cheerful (or hopeful) endurance (Strong’s); the characteristic of a man who is unswerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings (Thayer); also translated as endurance in the NT
  • It implies that we are facing hardships/difficulties
  • Enduring trials, not with bitterness/resentment, but with hopefulness/cheerfulness

What Perseverance Looks Like WITHOUT Faith

  • The reality is that everyone faces hardship in life (Job 14:1) – regardless of whether one is a “person of faith” or not
  • Often means suffering because of one’s sin (1 Peter 2:20) – of course, Christians can also sin (1 John 1:8) and suffer for it (1 Peter 4:15); but one who gives himself over to sin will have to endure consequences for that (Proverbs 13:15)
  • Without faith, life is vanity/futility (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, 14) – some do not endure and either end their lives or destroy their lives; many endure, but they need to have a purpose; they find some reason to persevere through trials

What Perseverance Looks Like WITH Faith

  • Add to your faith – faith is the foundation; the source of faith is the word of God (Romans 10:17); perseverance must be based on this standard
  • Continuing to engage in good works (Romans 2:7) – will lead to bearing fruit (Luke 8:15)
  • Eagerly waiting for our hope in Christ (Romans 8:24-25) – stay focused on the goal (Philippians 3:14)
  • Enduring until the end (Matthew 10:22; 24:13) – be faithful until death (Revelation 2:10)
  • Ultimately, we will receive what God has promised (Hebrews 10:36)

How to Add Perseverance to Our Faith

  • The word of God is the source of faith (Romans 10:17) – we must go to the word
  • Remember that we have a purpose (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
  • The Scriptures give us encouragement to persevere (Romans 15:4) – we need to spend time with the word of God (Psalm 119:97)
  • We have to go through tribulation (Romans 5:3) – don’t worry, you will (1 Peter 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:12); our faith must be tested (James 1:3), but this will make us complete (James 1:4)
  • Remember the example of those who have endured (James 5:11) – God will bless us; ultimately, we have the example of Christ (Hebrews 12:2-3); do not lose heart

Conclusion

  • We must have faith if we want to please God and be saved – but faith alone is not enough (James 2:24); a stagnant faith is not pleasing to God (2 Peter 1:8; Colossians 1:10)
  • We must grow in our faith – develop perseverance so that we will endure until the end; remain faithful until death (Revelation 2:10)

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