Discovery Time: Persevering in My Faith
Based on what you have learned
from “Attaining perseverance” and “How to maintain your faith” you will come up
words of God to encourage yourself should you encounter challenges or
temptations in you life.
Your counselor will divide you into small groups
of two or three members each.
Read through each situation below that you may
encounter during your lifetime. Discuss with your partner which Bible verse(s)
that can best help you to persevere in your faith at the time of
Determine what kind of attitude you need to have
to overcome the thought of giving up on God.
Recently, you heard indirectly how people were
spreading really bad rumors about you. At first, you did not care that much
about people’s talk because your conscience is clear. However, the rumors are
starting to bother your family. You feel sorry for your parents, terrible for
being judged wrongly, and angry at a couple of church members for making such
untrue remarks about yourself. You wonder why is God allowing this thing to
happen to you?
Your best friend and spiritual companion since
elementary years had just passed away in an accident. You are totally shocked
and bewildered that God should take your friend away just like that. Of all the
young people you know, there is no one more Christ like than this friend of
yours. Where is God?
You thought you could handle being on your own
away from church, but now you have noticed how far God seems to you. Now that
you are working hours away from any TJC, you are beginning to pray less and
less. You don’t feel motivated to read the Bible or listen to the sermon tapes
the church sent you. In fact, you don’t feel any different from those
unbelievers around you at work. What’s happening to you? How can you keep up
with your faith?
You have always respected this worker in church.
He has always been your role model whom you want to imitate. However, you have
just found out recently that this worker did something very ungodly. And he
eventually left the church. You are completely puzzled as to how this thing
could happen to this once faithful worker of God. How can you trust any worker
in the future? How are you supposed to prevent yourself from falling too?
This is your last semester in college. All of
your friends have already found a job, except you. You have been praying hard
for God to help you find a job. You felt confident about two of the interviews
but no one has given you any offer yet. What’s happening? Isn’t God listening
It must have been eight months since the last
time you prayed. You don’t bother to pray because you think God would not
listen to a terrible sinner like yourself. You knew too well that you had no
one else to blame except yourself for the mistake you made. It is just so much
easier to stay away from the church and those “holy” people so no one would
have to ask you why you were not coming to church like before. But then, that
emptiness in your heart is getting so great that you don’t know how to fill it.
You know you don’t want to continue to sin but how are you supposed to get back