TiO 15 – Grit – The Secret to Success (Week 1)

The Main Idea

Success in our endeavours does not take luck or good fortune, it takes grit. What is grit? It is your ability to courageously start a task and then see it through to completion. It is your commitment to developing the skills to make your success possible.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: Tell a story about the longest your ever prepared for something or the longest (duration) project you ever worked on.

Q2: Did you ever accomplish a task where somewhere in the process you considered giving up? Tell that story.

Q3: Contest: Divide into two groups. Try to name as many things that you can which develop or change over time because of grit—small bits of dirt or stones.

The Word

Read this passage, that contains the main point of the teaching: Acts 20:18-24.

 18“You yourselves know how I lived among you the entire time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, enduring the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews. 20I did not shrink from doing anything helpful, proclaiming the message to you and teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21as I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus. 22And now, as a captive to the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me. 24But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.

Sometimes success in service is just about showing up. Sometimes that showing up means that slowly you are working your way to something big. But sometimes it means supporting the big work that God is doing.

Are you serving at Riverwood? If so, how does what you are doing move the big work of Riverwood forward?

If you are not serving at Riverwood then consider the following:

Is there a ministry that needs to be done that you can do while you are trying to figure out where you “fit”?
Is there a ministry that you are well suited for that you can show up and be faithful to on a regular basis?
Is there a gap that you see in Riverwood’s ministry offerings that you might be called to fill by starting something new?


We’d encourage all groups to pray together at some point in their meeting. This affirms that regardless of the purpose of the group, God is still the focus.

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