Paul’s Vision and His Thorn | 2  Corinthians 12:1 – 10 | Bible Study February 4th

Our study this week is in 2 Corinthians 12:1 – 10.  Paul’s Vision and His Thorn.

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?  How often do you remember your dreams?  What was your most recent or bizarre dream?    

Step 2:  Hear – Read:  2 Cor 12:1 – 10.  Paul’s vision and His Thorn.

Step 3:  Explore – Discover the Passage

  1. So far, how has Paul authenticated his apostleship (see 11:21-30; 6:3-10)?  How would this sound if you read it on a minister’s resume?
  • Why doesn’t Paul play the boasting game of false apostles (see 4:5-7); 10:12-18)?   
  • How has Paul’s thorn affected his life?  Compare Eph 3:16 with Php 4:13.
  • How does Paul describe the meaning of strength?  How and when can weakness be strength?        

Step 4:  Connect – Apply the Passage:

  1. How do you react when God appears to be silent in answer to your urgent request?  How do you feel about God’s promise in verse 9?  Why doesn’t God simply take the hurt away? 
  • How has God worked in and through you during a time of weakness?  What will you do to develop trust in God during times of weakness?           
  • To what extent do you expose yourself to others?  Why?  How can you be content with your weakness?  Determine the meaning of content in this context (relate to your specific circumstance? 

Step 5:  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.