These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

Bible Study Guide:

And to Self-control, Perseverance

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Run with Perseverance.

Part I. The Example of Run with Perseverance.

1. II Peter 1:5-7; Luke 9:57-62 Do you think perseverance is an essential characteristic of an effective, productive Christian? Why or why not?

2. I Corinthians 9:24-27; Hebrews 10:35-39; 12:1 What similarities, if any, do you see between a race and living a Christian life? Do you see any differences?

3. Luke 21:7-19; John 16:33; I Corinthians 10:13; Revelation 2:8-11 What are some of the troubles that can test our endurance? Do you have any situations you would like to share as an encouragement to others?

4. II Corinthians 6:3-10; 12:12; II Thessalonians 1:4; II Timothy 3:10-12; Hebrews 12:1; James 5:11; Revelation 1:9; II Thessalonians 3:4-5 Who are some of the people in these verses who have set an example of perseverance, patient endurance? Do you know any examples to share of people you know who have set an example of patient endurance as a Christian?

Part II. By Persevering: Beside each scripture note the actions or circumstances to practice perseverance or a reason for enduring.

  1. Romans 2:6-7

  2. Luke 8:15

  3. James 5:7-11

  4. II Corinthians 1:6

  5. James 1:12

  6. II Thessalonians 1:4

  7. James 1:2-4

  8. Revelation 14:12-13

  9. Revelation 2:25

Part III. God’s Righteous Decree: Beside each Scripture note the results of rejecting Jesus.

  1. Romans 1:18-32

  2. Romans 7:11

  3. Ephesians 2:1

  4. Ephesians 2:3

  5. Hebrews 10:26-27

  6. Revelation 20:15

  7. Revelation 21:27

  8. Revelation 22:15

  9. James 4:1-3

Part IV. Every Spiritual Blessing.

1. Read Ephesians 1:3-14 and list as many benefits that you find for becoming “in Christ.”

2. Read Romans Chapter Eight and list as many benefits that you find that a Christian enjoys.

3. Revelation 21:3-4; Mark 10:28-30; Romans 2:6-7 What lies beyond death for a Christian?

4. If any promise from God in this study has inspired you to determine to persevere in Christ, and especially if you are going through some discouraging times, write it down where you will see it often or memorize it.

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