Perseverance in the face of trials and difficulty is one of the key aspects of succeeding while on the field as a missional worker. Once again, we want to look to the Bible to understand the importance of perseverance.

Paul’s Example

As a group, let’s study one of the times we see the effect of perseverance in the Bible. Let’s understand more about perseverance in the life of the Apostle Paul.

A Story of Perseverance

  • Read the story – Acts 14:8-23
  • Break into pairs and have each person tell the story in their own words. Help the other person remember any details forgotten or put the story into the correct order.
  • Answer these questions as a large group:
    • What do you learn about God from this story?
    • What do you learn from the people of Lystra in this story?
    • What do you learn from the Apostle Paul in this story?
    • What do you learn about perseverance? Or the effects of Paul’s perseverance?

The Process of Perseverance

Now let’s break into groups of 3-4 people and follow the steps below:

  • Answer these questions:
    • What do you think of when you think of persevering?
    • What are the situations that you typically need to persevere through?
    • How do they make you feel?
  • Read James 1:2-4
  • How do you learn to persevere?
  • What does James say our attitude should be as we are learning to persevere?
  • What will the effect be of obtaining perseverance? How is this possible?

Make it Practical

Come back together as a large group:

  • What does perseverance look like to you?
  • What are some ways that you have already needed to persevere to get to this place today?
  • How do you imagine you will need to persevere in the future, in your new location?
  • What are some strategies that you can employ to persevere well in the face of trials and difficulties?