The Sunday School Lesson Strength In Weakness by David McGee
May 27, 2018
Strength In Weakness (35:13)
Referenced Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33; 2 Corinthians 12:1-21
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Christ makes the weak strong in Him.
Think back to a moment in time where you desperately needed God's help and strength. What would have happened if you had attempted to face this situation alone? How did God deliver you from this crisis or help you endure it?
There can be a tendency among Christians to hide their weaknesses. We want to appear strong, secure, and confident. To do otherwise might imply a weakness in our faith.
However, the very opposite can be true. When we acknowledge our own weakness and utter dependence upon God, our faith shines brightly.
As we explore Paul's teaching on his own weaknesses, give praise to God for the ways in which He gives you strength.
The scriptures below are from the WEB Bible.
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
16) I say again, let no one think me foolish. But if so, yet receive me as foolish, that I also may boast a little.
17) That which I speak, I don‘t speak after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.
18) Seeing that many boast after the flesh, I will also boast.
19) For you bear with the foolish gladly, being wise.
20) For you bear with a man, if he brings you into bondage, if he devours you, if he takes you captive, if he exalts himself, if he strikes you on the face.
21) I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak. Yet however any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also.
22) Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23) Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as one beside himself) I am more so; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often.
24) Five times from the Jews I received forty stripes minus one.
25) Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I suffered shipwreck. I have been a night and a day in the deep.
26) I have been in travels often, perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from my countrymen, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the wilderness, perils in the sea, perils among false brothers;
27) labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness.
28) Besides those things that are outside, there is that which presses on me daily, anxiety for all the assemblies.
29) Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I don‘t burn?
30) If I must boast, I will boast of the things that concern my weakness.
31) The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forevermore, knows that I don‘t lie.
32) In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me.
33) Through a window I was let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.
2 Corinthians 12:1-21
1) It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2) I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I don‘t know, or whether out of the body, I don‘t know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third heaven.
3) I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I don‘t know; God knows),
4) how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5) On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in my weaknesses.
6) For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I forbear, so that no man may account of me above that which he sees in me, or hears from me.
7) By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted excessively.
8) Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9) He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
10) Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ‘s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.
11) I have become foolish. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for in nothing was I behind the very best apostles, though I am nothing.
12) Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, by signs and wonders and mighty works.
13) For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong.
14) Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I seek not your possessions, but you. For the children ought not to save up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15) I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less?
16) But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.
17) Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you?
18) I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Didn‘t we walk in the same spirit? Didn‘t we walk in the same steps?
19) Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.
20) For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don‘t desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;
21) that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed.
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