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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: God's Strength In Our Weakness
Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Study Passage: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Paul's Vision and His Thorn in the Flesh

1 This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don't know—only God knows. 3 Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know 4 that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.

5 That experience is worth boasting about, but I'm not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. 6 If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won't do it, because I don't want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, 7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Study Questions

  1. Recall a time when God allowed a "thorn" to persist in your life. What has he accomplished through that?
  2. Why is humility important in the life of a Christian?
  3. What are ways you can put "when I am weak, then I am strong" (v. 10) into practice in your own life?

Spend Time In Prayer: Reflect on the things that frustrate you or make you feel weak; thank God for the gift of humility and that he shows himself strong in your weakness.

Prayer for the Week
God, help me to understand that the things I consider my weaknesses are opportunities for you to show your strength.

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