Character - Finishing Well
Finishing Well, Character Counts
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Did Paul finish well? Explain your answer.
How was Paul the same/different from other characters in the Bible?
Who else finished well? Old Testament? New Testament?
Testing of Your Faith
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
What wisdom do we gain in verses 2 through 4?
In verses 5 through 8 what encourages you? What may frighten you?
What is the theme of verses 9 through 11? How is this theme applicable to the church today?
Verses 12 through 15 tie in to the theme of the lesson in what way? How does this paragraph tie into ? What are the possible temptations Paul faced?
What is the purpose of verses 16 through 18 to the rest of the passage today?
What great test of your faith have you faced in the past? What do you face today? What is the greatest threat to you finishing well?