2 Corinthians 12 - NIV
But he said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians
I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,”
even though I am nothing.
I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.
Summary: Paul’s life example ought to give us incredible encouragement to God’s power. We must submit under the GRACE of Christ before we can ever really live and must see ourselves for who we are before we can experience freedom.
I demand this thorn removed.
Summary: THIS THORN HAS A PURPOSE. The real revelation of suffering. God has a plan and a purpose. Suffering can reveal the heart OF MAN, not just the heart of God. Suffering can be a door to Presence of God. Suffering can be fertilizer for love.
The Life of Paul Part V
Summary: Paul has many life struggles. He suffers many hardships, but in the end delights in his weakness because then he is strong.
The Helps of Our Hurts
Summary: This sermon is based on Chapter 7 in Charles Swindoll's book: Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit. The sermon addresses Paul's thorn in the flesh and the role of suffering in our lives.
Thorns of Grace
Summary: A sermon designed to encourage Christians to push through seasons of unanswered prayer
Christian Atheist: Change
Summary: You see, sometimes we who believe in God live as though He doesn’t exist and as though He cannot change us.
"Let Today Be The Day"
Summary: God is faithful to forgive us but we have a tough time forgiving ourselves. This lesson will set you free.
A Grace That Won't Let Go
Summary: Any study of the life of the apostle Paul requires a serious look at the subject of pain. Suffering is not a pleasant subject to explore, especially in our western culture.
A Splinter from Satan.
Summary: Like a splinter barely under our skin, circumstances can be painful. But how can we tell if it's just life or God?
Power in Weakness
Summary: We are told that when we are humble then God will exalt us we will have Power in Weakness
Strength in Weakness
Summary: God perfects His strength in us through our weaknesses and reminds us to put no hope in our abilities.
Summary: Is Christianity a crutch for the weak minded and naive? How should Christians respond to the criticism?
The Comparison Game
Summary: Paul vs.super-apostles,
the Corinthians vs other churches,
and us vs. the Corinthians
The Thorn in Paul's Side
Summary: Points out clues from the scripture that point directly to the identity of the thorn in Paul's side
Paul and His Final Days
Summary: We need to be people who endure hard times by reading God’s Word, sharing Christ and being faithful to the end.
A Servant Who Should Be Respected
Summary: We are to respect those in spiritual authority, and we are to respect those who pour themselves out for the Gospel. Paul deserved respect on both counts.
God Uses thorns
Summary: Paul really tries to get his readers to understand that there is a danger of thinking too much of ourselves
A Fool for Christ
Summary: 2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10 It is in our weakness that we find the true strength of Christ - St Paul addresses those who considered themselves