Bible Study Outlines – Patience

Bible Study Outlines


I. The patience of God. Exodus 34:6; Psalm 145:8; Romans 2:4; Romans 15:5 The patience of God reveals that phase of God’s goodness which prompts Him not to punish immediately, but to wait for the sinner’s repentance.

A. How patient God is—

  1. to all men. Even after man had fallen into sin God graciously gave him the promise of a Savior, Genesis 3:15
  2. to the impenitent. Genesis 6:3; Nehemiah 9:16-17; 1 Timothy 1:16; 1 Peter 3:20
  3. by postponing the Last Day because He wants all men to repent. 2 Peter 3:9
  4. by seeking out the lost sheep. Luke 15:1-10

B. We are not to abuse God’s patience by thinking that there is no hurry about our repentance. Psalm 50:21-22; Isaiah 55:6-7; Matthew 3:10; Luke 13:6-9; John 15:6; Romans 11:22; Hebrews 10:37


II. Christians should also be patient. Proverbs 14:29; Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 16:32

A. Patient with one another. Ephesians 4:2; 2 Timothy 4:2. With their frailties and weaknesses. For example—

  1. We should exercise much patience with those who do us wrong. Matthew 5:38-44
  2. Patience in the home. Ephesians 5:22,25; Ephesians 6:4
  3. Patient in brotherly admonitions. Matthew 18:15-17
  4. Patient in instructing and teaching. 2 Timothy 2:24-25; 2 Timothy 4:2

B. What should encourage us to be patient?

  1. God’s command. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
  2. Christ’s example. Show how He was patient with Judas and Thomas.
  3. The necessity of patience. Others must have much patience with our frailties. Matthew 7:12 Explain how patience is necessary in every calling and occupation.

C. The patience which we should exercise toward God when we must endure tribulation. Lamentations 3:26; Luke 12:12; 1 Timothy 6:11; Hebrews. 12:1; James 5:7-8; James 21:19; Romans 5:3-4;

  1. Impatience only makes our suffering worse. How? Hymn 518 v. 2.
  2. Impatience hinders God’s Will and frustrates His gracious purpose. Hebrews 10:36
  3. Show from the history of the children of Israel how they often became very impatient.
  4. Why can a Christian be patient in tribulation?

D. We should be patient in tribulation because of —

  1. God’s Will. Luke 21:12-19; Romans 12:12; Revelation 14:12
  2. Christ’s example. Isaiah 53:7; 1 Peter 2:21-23
  3. The example of the prophets. James 5:10-11

E. Such patience is a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22; James 1:3

  1. It is learned from the Scriptures. Romans 15:4; Revelation 3:10
  2. It is strengthened and tested through tribulation. Psalm 94:12-13; Romans 5:3-4


Therefore my hope is in the Lord

And not in mine own merit;

It rests upon His faithful Word

To them of contrite spirit

That He is merciful and just;

This is my comfort und trust,

His help I wait with patience.

(Hymn 329, v. 3)

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