Paul’s Defense of his Ministry | 2 Corinthians 10:1 – 18 | Bible Study January 14th

Our study this week is in 2 Corinthians 9:6 – 15.  Sowing Generously.

Live in the Narthex, Sunday at 9:00 am

Our normal cadence is: 

  1. Brief discussion previous week, with thought questions that will tie into the lesson.
  2. Open with prayer
  3. Read the section of scripture.  Try to let everyone read a few verses, but will modify as needed.
  4. Work through the prepared questions … at our own pace.
  5. Close with prayer after ~ 45 minutes. 

 Hope you can join us live and participate in the study.  We always enjoy interaction.  Or you can use the guide to study on your own.  Feel free to share with others.

Step1:  Opening and Introduction to the lesson – Personal Testimonies and or any Reflections?  Is authority more of a positive or a negative word to you?  How so?  Why is that?    

Step 2:  Hear – Read:  2 Cor 10:1 – 10:18. Paul’s Defense of his Ministry.

Step 3:  Explore – Discover the Passage

  1. Describe the war Paul fights?  And the weapons he uses.  What or who is the enemy?
  • Things have improved in Corinth since Paul wrote his last letter (7:8-16), but not altogether.  How is Paul discredited (vv. 1-2, 9-11)?  How is Paul’s gentleness and meekness being misunderstood?  Where have you seen Paul’s strength and concern for others? 
  • How is Paul’s exercise of authority (vv. 3-8) different than his usurpers, the so-called super apostles (see 11:5, 20)?  How and why does he play upon their boastful attitude?
  • How do you feel about Paul’s reprimand here in defense of himself?  Do you see it as strength or weakness when a person admits his or her limitations?  Why?       

Step 4:  Connect – Apply the Passage:

  1. From Paul’s example here, what is supposed to be the normal way Christians exercise leadership over one another?  On a scale from 1-10, how well do you demonstrate Christ’s gentleness and meekness in leading others? 
  • What will you work on this week that demonstrates your interest in building others up?          
  • When is it right to show tough love by demanding that someone change?  What risks does this involve?  As an act of tough love, what worldly anti-God thoughts prevail in your circle of friends or family which you can take captive and make obedient to Christ (v. 5)? 

Step 5:  Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.  For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.