DFS 4: Tests of a Disciple

Many people dislike tests nor desire to face trying times. But examinations serve an important purpose. A teacher needs a gauge to determine how much students have learned. The athlete is tested for endurance and stamina to prepare him for tough competition. The soldier trains through exercises and drills to make him fit for battle and a patient is examined to help the doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Hardships, suffering and faithfully answering the challenges of life are tests that a Christian should expect. They are a means for discipline of character and training in Christian living. This Bible study guide based on the Book of Philippians explores five major arenas where Christians constantly battle. This study will help disciples appreciate that today’s pain is tomorrow’s great gain.