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Bible Study Guide: Perseverance or standing firm to the end.

By Scarlett Stough

Companion Women in Christ Commentary: Remember Lot's Wife

Part I  The Example

I Corinthians 10:1-13 Where do we find examples that warn us? List the warnings? What is our assurance that we can stand firm (persevere)?

Genesis 13:8-13 Why did Lot choose to live in Sodom?

Genesis 19:1-26 Read the account of Lotís rescue. In what way did Lot and his family allow Sodomís culture to distort their thinking?

Part II  Donít Look Back

II Peter 2:4-10 Why do you think God rescued Lot? What is the lesson Peter is illustrating? See also Ezekiel 9:4-6)

Luke 17:32, 20-37; 18:1 How does remembering Lotís wife illustrate Jesusí instruction?

Luke 10:8-16 What does Jesus say about those who reject his message?

Luke 9:60-62 Notice the phrase ďlooks backĒ (NIV). What is the lesson Jesus is teaching?

Hebrews 6:4-8 List the characteristics from which we should not fall away. To what does the author compare falling away? What lesson and warning is contained in verses 7 and 8?

Hebrews 6:9-12 What encouragement is conveyed in these verses?

II Timothy 4:9-10 (See also Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 1:23-24.) Why did Demas, an associate and coworker, desert Paul? How should you apply this to your own attitude?

I John 2:15-17 What are the characteristics of loving this world? What is the characteristic of the one who will live forever?

Part III  Look Forward

II Peter 3:8-18 Why is God so patient? Why is he waiting ?  To what are we looking forward? List everything in these verses that we should be doing while we wait.

Matthew 24:12-13 How important is perseverance or endurance?

Matthew 6:33 What should be our first priorities? What is Godís promise?