LESSON684: SUFFICIENCY OF GOD’S GRACE
MEMORY VERSE:” “And he said untome, Mygrace is sufficient for thee: formy strengthis made perfect in weakness. Mostgladly therefore will I ratherglory inmy infirmities, that the power ofChrist mayrest upon me”.”(2 Corinthians12:9)TEXT:2 Corinthians12:1-21
From our last study, we learnt the following lessons:Paulshowedconcern, commitmentand dedication to his ministerial calling. Believersshould likewise becommitted to the work of theLord.Paul was humble despite his successes in ministry. Humility isvirtueevery believer mustposses; servingthebody of Christ is a great privilege.Irrespective of the trials,believersare to remain steadfast, focused, and seek more of the graceofGod.The study of today touches on three points:Paul’s gifts and temptation to glorify selfSustaining grace for Paul's crushing experienceAuthority and commitment of the triumphant apostle
Paul’s gifts and temptation to glorifyself(2 Corinthians 12:1-5,7,11-13):Paul clarifiedthat the gospelhewas preaching was by therevelation of JesusChrist.Though hewasinclinedto fall intothe temptation of self-exaltation, he did not glory in his achievements,butused the occasion to answer hisdetractors.As believers, we must learn this attributeoflowliness.Sustaining grace for Paul's crushing experience(2 Corinthians 12:8-10):Paul wasafflicted with a“thornin theflesh” to keephim humble.The affliction waspainfulandcrushing, yet God granted him sufficient grace to bear it.The grace of God is able to sustain every Christianin whatever challenges he faces.Authority and commitment of the triumphant Apostle (Corinthians12:11,14-21):Pauldemonstratedvirtually allthe gifts of the Spirit,yet he presented himself as “nothing”.He was committed to spreading the gospel without beingburdensome tothe brethren.
What were the spiritualexperiences ofPaul thatpredisposedhim to pride?2 Corinthians12:1-5,Romans 15:18, 19.Galatians 1:11-12.
State some reasons believersshould notengage inself-glorification.Jeremiah 48:29,30;1 Corinthian 4:72 Corinthian 4:7
What personal efforts did Paulmake toremainhumble?1Corinthians9:27Philippians 3:7, 121 Corinthians 11:1
What was the thorn in Paul’sflesh andthe lesson believers can learn from it?2 Corinthians 12: 7-9James 4:6Isaiah 40:29
What can believers learn fromPaul’s attitudeduring this crushing experience?2 Corinthians 12:9b2 Corinthians 4:16
What challenge does Paul’s styleof preachinghave for ministers of the gospel today?2 Corinthians 12:121 Corinthians 2:4,5.Acts 14:22
Paulaffirmed that his apostleship was bythe revelation of JesusChrist.He was highly gifted, yet humble, evenin his response to his detractors. Believers must possess this virtue of humility.In a time of affliction, Paul went to God in prayer. We must always carry our troubles to the Lord in prayer. He is a loving Father and He cares!God’s grace is sufficient to sustain the believer in whateverchallenges hemight be facing.Pauldid not use his authority tobe burdensome,but he chose the pathof consecration.However, the congregation must recognize,respect the authority of theleaders, and support them in the performance of their ministerial duties.