by Roby Ellis SPANISH/ESPAÑOL
[Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:18]
A. To persevere means to bear up under some sort of pressure that is being applied from without.
B. Peter knew that the church would need a strong reserve of inner strength to survive the troublesome times ahead.
I. Why do we need perseverance?
A. Troublesome times are coming for all of us (2 Timothy 3:12).
B. We must endure to be saved (Matthew 10:22; 24:12-13).
C. We must persevere if we wish to bring forth fruit for the Master (Luke 8:14-15).
D. We must endure to receive the promised reward (Luke 22:28-30; Romans 2:7; James 1:2; Hebrews 10:32-39).
II. How do we build perseverance?
A. We must pursue it (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Peter 1:5).
B. We acquire patience through study (Romans 15:4-5).
C. Patience is one of the fruits of genuine love (1 Corinthians 13:7-8).
D. We have examples of perseverance in the prophets (James 5:11), the apostles (2 Corinthians 1:3-7), our brethren who have suffered (2 Thessalonians 1:4-9), and of course Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3).
E. We can persevere more easily when we consider the advantages of our suffering (Hebrews 12:4-11; Romans 5:3-4).
A. We need to persevere until the job is finished (Philippians 1:25).
B. Through it all we must persist in the law of liberty (James 1:25) if we wish to receive the blessings God has in store for us.