At the All Hallows Prayer & Praise Night on 10.12.12, Nate Irvine brought the message and spoke about perseverance. We took a look at two Biblical ideas of perseverance as found in Acts 2:42-47 and Hebrews 12:1-3.
The first idea, found in Acts 2, comes from the Greek word proskartereó. It’s a compound word:
-Pros – towards, interactively with
-Kartereo – show steadfast strength
-Definition – to consistently show strength that prevails (in spite of difficulties); staying in a fixed direction; to continue to do something with intense effort, to devote oneself to, to keep on, to persist in
-Denotes an active pursuit
The second idea, found in Hebrews 12, comes from the Greek word hupomoné. Surprise! It’s also a compound word:
-Hupo – under
-Meno – remain, endure
-Definition – remaining under, patient waiting for, especially as God enables the believer to “remain under” the challenges He allots in life.
-Denotes staying put
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
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