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Word of the Week Lesson #4 – Steadfast

SAW Publishing’s Word of the Week (WOW) program is a vocabulary supplement built around hymns and Bible verses.  Each lesson contains a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition, Scripture reference, and examples that encourage students to use new vocabulary in daily life.  To find out more about the program, see our post entitled Boost Your Student’s Vocabulary with our FREE Word of the Week. To receive the FREE Word of the Week lesson the Monday before it is posted, sign up for the WOW email below.

The Word Of The Week Lesson #4 takes a look at 1 Corinthians 15:58 as we explore the meaning of the word STEADFAST.

Word of the Week Lesson #4

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

STEAD’FAST adjective

firm; constant; having a steady mind

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

Note the alternate spelling for this word, which is used in our memory verse below.

STEAD’FAST, STED’FAST adjective [stead and fast.]

  1. Fast fixed; firm; firmly fixed or established; as the stedfast globe of earth.
  2. Constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering.

Whom resist, stedfast in the faith. 1 Peter 5:9a

  1. Steady; as steadfast sight.

All definitions are taken from the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary from Volume 1 and Volume 2 and can also be found on Webster’s 1828 Dictionary online.

Memory Verse

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”  ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV)


“Like Zion’s steadfast mount are they

Who in the Lord confide;

Secure, immovable they stand,

Forever to abide.”

 – The United Presbyterian Board of Publication (1912), The Psalter

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Examples From Daily Life

“There, now we don’t mind if it rains tonight!” Philip declared, as he drove in the last peg.  “Our tent will stand steadfast against any storm.”

“I don’t think it will rain,” said Robyn, looking up at the sparkling stars, “The sky has been a steadfast blue all day.”

“Come, and we’ll roast marshmallows over the campfire,” Mr. Gravesend called.  “You’ve been steadfast and dependable paddlers today, and you both deserve a treat.”

Printable Image With Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word Of The Week Lesson #4 takes a look at 1 Corinthians 15:58 as we explore the meaning of the word STEADFAST.

Bonus Activity

Philip is making a list of the steadfast things they have seen on their camping trip.  The tent, the sky, and the paddlers were three items listed in today’s Examples From Daily Life.  Can you think of any other “firm and constant’ things that the Gravesends might have seen?

The answer will appear at the bottom of next week’s WOW lesson.

Answer To Last Week’s Bonus Activity 

The word portage means “to carry.”  According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary a portage is: A carrying place over land between navigable waters.  Some portages are only a few yards long, while others may be several miles.  Long portages are difficult because the canoe and all its luggage must be carried by the canoers.

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Week Lesson #4 – Steadfast

  1. Keeper At The Homestead

    Well you ladies sure are talented in your blogging. Your site has been such a blessing!

    I find the definition of steadfast quite intriguing. It brings to mind the whole geocentricity vs heliocentricity debate.

    1. Courtenay

      I’m glad you’ve found our website an encouragement! Looking up the definitions of Scriptural words can certainly give you a new perspective on a verse.