Calendar & Sermon Notes

SUNDAYS:
  • 10:00 am: Dedicated Prayer Time in the Sanctuary
  • 10:30 am: Worship: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

WEDNESDAYS:

  • 6:30 pm:  Bible Study: God’s Better Plan – Hebrews 8:1-13

Sermon Notes for July 14, 2024:

Am I a Fool for Christ?   2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Do others see me as a fool (one who lacks judgment) for believing in Jesus? Do they think me a fool for seeking to know Him better and following Him? Paul, in defending his apostleship, is boasting “as a fool” concerning his ministry for Christ in order to counteract the boasting of the false teachers that have infiltrated the church in Corinth. (vs 18)

Foolishness of Boasting  -  vs 16-22

   Not according to the Lord – the Lord takes pleasure in humility, not boasting

      Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly,
      To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

   According to the folly of boasting  -  James 4:16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such 

   boasting is evil.   (Paul’s boasting was always in the Lord or in faithful believers)

      Do you put up with fools gladly? - refers to the false teachers

      Are you in bondage? – to their teaching regarding the law

      Have you been devoured? – taken advantage of you financially

      Have they taken from you? – a hunting/fishing metaphor using deceit

      Have they exalted themselves against you? – making you feel unworthy by putting you down

      Have they struck you in the face? – physically assaulted you

   Rather serve in weakness rather than boldness  -  1 Corinthians 2:3-5 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

   Not in heritage – the false teachers had no advantage over Paul

      We all become members of God’s family the same way – by grace through faith  (Eph. 2:4-9)

Foolishness in Suffering   -  vs 23-28

As a minister (servant – one who executes the commands of another) of Christ

   From outside forces:

      In labors (troubles) more abundant; In stripes above measure; In prisons more frequently;

      In (facing) deaths often; 5 times he received 39 stripes; 3 times he was beaten with rods; 1 time 

      he was stoned; 3 times he was shipwrecked; In journeys often; In perils (danger) …………….

   From inside forces:

      In weariness and toil; In sleeplessness often; In hunger and thirst; In fasting’s often;

      In cold and nakedness; Daily deep concern for all the churches

Foolishness in Weaknesses  -  vs 29-33

   His weakness – lacking in strength makes him compassionate to others   

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

   His burning for those made to stumble – desire for their protection from evil

   His truthfulness – escape by a basket

Because This Is True What Should We Do?

Do not Boast in your Accomplishments; only in the Lord’s!

Do not Lose Faith in the midst of Suffering!

Trust God’s Grace in your Weaknesses!