The Hidden Joy of Patience
II. What is it?
a. Commonly: patient endurance, steadfastness, tranquility in trial, forbearance, perseverance
i. Necessity of love and wisdom
ii. The aspect of humility
b. Two examples: the prophets & Job (Jas 5:10-11)
III. How do we get it?
a. From the Holy Spirit (Gal
b. By putting it on (Col 3:12, 15)
c. By going through all kinds of trials (Rom 5:3; Jas 1:3)
IV. How should we exercise it?
a. Mindful of God's patience and judgment (Rom 2:4-7)
b. Letting the Word of Christ dwelling in us richly in all wisdom (Col 3:16-17)
c. Joyfully (Col 1:11)
d. Patiently doing what God has commanded, then receiving the promise (Heb 10:36)
V. What prevents or hinders patience?
a. The longsuffering patience of God is salvation (2 Pet 3:15). Advent is a time to remember the future coming of Jesus. That He has not yet returned is God's longsuffering patience, of salvation.
b. Consider the ways in which Advent promotes patience, and learn the joy of Advent patience for the rest of the year.
c. Dealing with others (especially extended family members) during Advent and Christmas often requires patience. Think of patience as an instrument that gets at the problems and issues you'd like to see addressed now.
Pastor Evans began his ministerial training by majoring in Christian Studies at Hillsdale College. Afterward, he attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and then finished his training at Greyfriars Hall under Pastor Douglas Wilson. At various times during his years of training, he worked for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Logos School, Canon Press, and New Saint Andrews College.... read more