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  • The Crutch Series

    Contributed by John Sears on Nov 21, 2013
    based on 5 ratings

    Is Christianity a crutch for the weak minded and naive? How should Christians respond to the criticism?

  • The Vision, The Thorn, And The Grace Series

    Contributed by David Owens on May 17, 2010
    based on 10 ratings

    Paul learned to accept his thorn in the flesh as a gift from God, and allowed it to bless and benefit his life.

    Introduction: A. I want to start with a true story that illustrates the overall lesson I hope we will learn today. B. The story is told of a 10-year-old boy who decided to study Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. 1. The boy began lessons with an ...read more

  • Strength Training Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 28, 2010
    based on 48 ratings

    How could my weakness be a good thing? Why would this truth be necessary for me to understand God’s will for my life?

  • God Uses Thorns Series

    Contributed by Stephen Sheane on Nov 10, 2009
    based on 29 ratings

    God calls us to accept, own and use our thorns to extend His grace to others.

  • Buffeted But Blessed

    Contributed by Donnie Martin on Nov 2, 2009
    based on 24 ratings

    Life sometimes seems to be giving us a good beating. But God’s purpose in permitting trials and troubles in our lives is not to beat and burden us, but rather to build and bless our Christian life.

    Buffeted But Blessed Text: 2 Cor.12: 9, 10 Intro: Most of us would think the ideas of buffeting and blessing are totally foreign to one another. It’s difficult to wrap our limited insight around the biblical idea that the former could actually produce the latter. As a matter of fact, the ...read more

  • Jesus Christ, Our Strength In Weakness

    Contributed by Charles Mccall on May 16, 2007
    based on 31 ratings

    No matter how weak you be, just know you can find strength in your weakness in Jesus Christ.

    Zechariah 4:6 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10 Philippians 4:13 Topic- Jesus Christ, our strength in weakness All of us, whether we want to admit it our not, has some weakness of some sort. Some of us may be weak when it comes to food, in that whenever we find ourselves hungry, we will try ...read more

  • Weak But Strong

    Contributed by Bill Sullivan on Feb 27, 2007
    based on 9 ratings

    It’s the reality that to be strong in the things of God, we must be weak. When we’re in Christ, we’re weak but strong.

    Weak But Strong TCF Sermon February 11, 2007 Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, which in the 1960’s became what is today the missions agency OMF International, knew the secret of strength through weakness. Complimented once by a friend on the impact of the mission, Hudson ...read more

  • Always Enough Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Nov 11, 2006
    based on 20 ratings

    God’s grace is always enough no matter what the circumstances may be.

    Always Enough Text: 2 Cor. 12:7-10 Introduction 1. Illustration: A man returns from a foreign holiday and is feeling very ill. He goes to see his doctor, and is immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo tests. The man wakes up after the tests in a private room at the hospital, ...read more

  • Family, Love, And Grace Series

    Contributed by Antonio Torrence on Sep 15, 2006
    based on 20 ratings

    To truly accept God’s love, we must learn to love ourselves as well as others.

    Family, Love, and Grace 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 I. On the surface Madea’s Family Reunion is comedy about family and love. For families to survive love is necessary and crucial. It may be a cliché but what the world needs now is love. What the family needs now is love. What the church needs now ...read more

  • What Sets Christianity Apart

    Contributed by Gene Gregory on Aug 26, 2006
    based on 44 ratings

    A Sermon on God’s grace and our response to it.

    WHAT SETS CHRISTIANITY APART Years ago, a large international conference was held of religious leaders from around the world. In the midst of the conference, a debate began about what it was that set Christianity apart from other religions. Some argued that it was God coming in the flesh ...read more

  • God, Why Do You Allow Suffering? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jul 24, 2006
    based on 65 ratings

    How can a just God permit suffering in our lives?

    OPEN: A woman who was employed as a dental receptionist told this story: I was on duty when an extremely nervous patient came for root canal surgery. He was brought into the examining room and made comfortable in the reclining dental chair. The dentist then injected a numbing agent around the ...read more

  • Thorns Of Life

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jul 9, 2006
    based on 90 ratings

    The thorns of life are many, but the grace of God is sufficient in our weakness.

    Text: “…a thorn in the flesh was given to me…” (2 Corinthians 12:7) What is a thorn? The American Heritage Dictionary says that a thorn is a modified branch in the form of a sharp, woody spine. It can cause sharp pain, irritation, or discomfort. How many of you have ever been struck by a ...read more

  • When God Says No

    Contributed by Bryan Dill on Jun 17, 2006
    based on 129 ratings

    I want us to look at what happens when God says no. Does that mean that God doesn’t care for us? Does it mean that He’s being cruel? Let’s take a look at a couple different times in scripture when God said no to his children’s prayers.

    WHEN GOD SAYS NO Barbara Kerby has written a humorous reflection about her first experience of driving. Barbara’s father took her to the high school parking lot for driving lessons. For this particular lesson, Barbara’s three-year-old sister rode along in the backseat. While trying to negotiate ...read more

  • Can You Tell Me Your Weaknesses?

    Contributed by Davon Huss on May 23, 2006
    based on 68 ratings

    A sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 focusing on Paul’s thorn in the flesh. (Material taken from Sermon Central Contributors and especially C. Bouwman)

    Sermon for 5/21/2006 Can You Tell Me Your Weaknesses? 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Introduction: Tell the story about how interviewing a prospective campus minister: Elaborate on your strengths was my first question. My second question was, Elaborate on your weaknesses. Guess what, he wisely ...read more

  • "Only The Weak Survive"

    Contributed by Jess Bousa on Apr 26, 2006
    based on 41 ratings

    In this world, people believe that you need to focus on your strenghts to be a great leader. In God’s Kingdom it is the exact opposite. God see’s potential in weakness and is able to transform our weaknesses into our most powerful strenghts.

    INTRO: By the show of hands, who here, knows somebody that is perfect or thinks that their perfect themselves? Just raise your hand! If anybody raised their hands, that action alone would qualify you as being imperfect. I want to let you in on a little secret. We are never going to be ...read more