The Lord gives us so much! A new life and freedom. All we need for life and godliness! And there is so much awaiting us in the time of the fullness of salvation. Yet, we are also called make every effort to supplement our faith with character. In this sermon, we will investigate two important benefits of perseverance. Pastor Bill speaks from 2 Peter 3:1-11.

First, perseverance is the pathway to fruitfulness – it is the only way to complete all we’ve been given to do.

Second, perseverance clears our vision so that we can see beyond our own flesh and this world and see clearly into eternal things. Perseverance and gives us the eyes to see that escaping trials and difficulties is in no way worth more to us than persevering and enduring unto the crown of life that awaits the faithful.

This is the ninth (and final) message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off. This sermon takes the same theme as chapter eight of the book – “Persist.”

How To Make The Most Out Of Hardship – 2 Corinthians 11:23-12:9

Preaching from 2 Corinthians 11:23 – 12:9, Pastor Bill speaks on how to think about trials in our lives.

Generally our approach is avoidance. But God has definite purposes to trials and difficulties in our lives. In this piece there are several that come out. First, they keep us humble, given the public and sometimes powerful nature of what God has called us to do. They keep us from falling away into self reliance and arrogance. Second, they enable us to be far more effective conduits of God’s power; His power is made perfect in weakness, not strength. Third, to bring us into greater dependence upon Him.

How then to survive trials and seek to thrive in the midst of them? The list of what Paul endured is formidable; one has to ask how can a person live through all of that and still keep going, without any bitterness whatsoever against God. One, to understand God’s purposes in trials. Two, to receive God’s wisdom in trials. Three, to believe that God is with you in trials and has not removed His love from you.