Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 17th of July 2016
Quarter Theme: Living with Eternity In View
Topic: Persevering in Tribulation
Texts: Rom. 8: 18-23, 2 Tim. 4: 5-8
Memory Verse: Rom. 8: 18– “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (NIV)
The American Heritage dictionary defines perseverance as “steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness.” So perseverance is a crucial character every Christian should imbibe in the walk with God. Tribulation is anything that makes life harder and threatens your faith. Something that is pressing upon you almost to the point of crushing you. Its ultimate aim is to make us doubt God’s power or question God’s ability to save us. Does this sound familiar?
A Christian will continue to face challenges which include temptation to compromise the faith because the world wants to lure us to take the path of least resistance. The secular world system is moving in the direction that makes it clear that the Christian will be persecuted in one form or the other. We stand out from the world as we take a stand against the direction the society is taking – a stand which does not please God. Jesus says, “…in the world you will have trouble…” (John 15:20). Furthermore, the scripture was clear when it stated in 2 Timothy 3:12 that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus, will be persecuted. In effect, tribulations and trials will come, whether you invite it or not, as long as you are living in accordance with the word of God. Tribulation will come in different shades, to test your faith, but we are being advised to persevere as it is the normal experience of the Christian.
Romans 5:3 reads, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.” It means going through, sometimes, the mental anguish and struggle knowing that it produces character. Perseverance is a fruit that grows out of trials, though it doesn’t seem to grow in good times. It is imperative that we have the willingness to stay strong through the sufferings because they are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- From your understanding of the introduction and in your own words, explain what “persevering in tribulation” means to you?
- It is often said that if you are a Christian, everything will work out for good since you are serving a good God. Do you agree with this statement? Discuss the appropriate bible based response to the statement. Read Rom 8:28.
- What practical steps can we take to overcome the temptation to take the path of least resistance in the face of tribulation? Romans 5:3-5
- Share a testimony of how you or any other Christian you know overcame tribulation.
- Perseverance involves a choice. What are the benefits of choosing to persevere in tribulation all the way to the finish? Read James 1:2-4, 12; 2 Timothy 4:6-8.