Troublesome times were there and it was only going to get worse. ‘Through many tribulations we will enter the kingdom of God.’ Paul and Barnabas knew that and so they spent a good part of their missionary journeys returning to the churches they had started to encourage and exhort them to continue in the faith.
Continuance in the faith. At the end of the day that is really what it is all about. Sometimes the Christian walk is really just about carrying on and staying faithful. Sometimes it is just plodding on. Sometimes it is only about sticking to it. Sometimes it is not glamorous or exciting or heroic or anything like that. Sometimes it is just putting one foot in front of the other.
Be steadfast, unmoveable, always bounding in the work. Don’t be weary in well doing. Seeing we have our ministry we do not lose heart.
Continue in the faith.