When the going gets tough, the tough keep going. That's Paul's motto, and it's the Pastor's, too. They both saw spreading the word of God as an uphill climb. Sure, there will be arrests and beatings and near-death experiences and suffering and hardships—but in the end, they thought God would reward his good servants for keeping the faith.
Questions About Perseverance
Why would the Pastor pick Paul as a model of perseverance?
The early Christians talked a lot about hardships they went through. Is being an underdog kind of appealing?
Why does being good and faithful take so much work? Is doing the right thing usually not easy?