Monday, November 12, 2012

Questions: Perseverance Is The Path To Greatness

This week we concluded series Renegade: Your Faith Isn't Meant To Be Safe. We're learning principles that can help us to live an adventurous and risk-taking life of radically following Jesus.  This week it was: Perseverance Is The Path To Greatness. If you missed the message, you can listen to it here. Use the following questions to think more about the message or discuss it with friends.
  1. What is something difficult you’ve had to go through or achieve in life that required you to persevere?  (Getting straight A’s in school?  Making a team?  Sticking with a difficult relationship?  Running a marathon?  Something else?)  What was it like to have to endure?
  2. In the message this week, we learned that perseverance is the path to greatness.  That people who achieve great things do so because they persevere through difficulty.  What do you think it is about those people that enables them to persevere when others don’t?
  3. Read Hebrews 12:1-3
  4. The “great witnesses” are the heroes of the faith (from the Old Testament) mentioned in Hebrews 11, all of whom went through great difficulty but stayed faithful to God. How can being “surrounded” by these people encourage and inspire you?
  5. The author uses the metaphor that living a life is like running a race, and we’re told to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”  That which “hinders” is probably referring to things in our lives that are not bad but nonetheless keep us from living effectively for God. “Sin” refers to things in our lives that are bad and keep us from living effectively for God. What are some things you need to “throw off” so you can live more effectively for God?
  6. We’re told to “run with perseverance.”  Why do you think perseverance is critical in living for Jesus?
  7. We’re taught to have perseverance by “fixing our eyes on Jesus” “so you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  How could staying focused on Jesus help you to persevere when you’re tempted to quit?
  8. How could you better fix your eyes on Jesus?  Practically speaking, what are some things you could do on a daily basis?
  9. This passage says that Jesus saved us by going to the cross because of his endurance.  Why do you think it was a matter of perseverance?
  10. Jesus persevered because of “the joy set before him.”  When you’re going through difficulty, do you think about the joy you’ll experience if you perseverance?  What is the joy set before you?  How could you stay focused on it?
  11. Where in your life do you need to persevere right now?