Title: All For Your Upbuilding 2 Corinthians 12.11-21
Speaker: Frank V. Ellis
Series: If I Must Boast
- Pray together asking the Lord to teach us together His Word that we might believe it and do it. Ask someone to be ready to do step 2 below. Ask someone else to read 2 Corinthians 12.11-19 out loud as the group reads along.
- Everyone close their Bibles and ask the designated person to summarize what he/she remembers about the passage.
- Open your Bible and someone read vv11-12. Can anyone explain Paul’s “emotional” response?
- Review some of passages which speak of signs, wonders and mighty works done by the apostles:
Romans 15:19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Hebrews 2:4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
Acts 14:8 At Lystra a man … lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. … 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.
At Ephesus: Acts 19:11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, Act 19:12 so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.
Acts 20:9 Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead.
Acts 20:10 But Paul went down and fell upon him, and after embracing him, he said, “Do not be troubled, for his life is in him.”
Do you agree that the greatest miracle at Corinth is summed up here:
1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
- Do you agree with John Calvin’s comment about Paul’s utmost patience at Corinth: Such heroic virtue is a heavenly seal by which the Lord marks out his apostles.
- Which is the most significant? Utmost patience or signs, wonders and mighty works?
- Read v13 and 14. Which verse would you label “tender”? Which “ironic”?
- Explain the implications of Paul’s illustration about parents and children in v14 for us in the church today. Anyone offer any actual examples of how this plays out? Do you agree or disagree that this speaks to the need for us to be “intergenerational”?
- Read v15. Anyone know of another Christian who has “spent and been spent” for you?
- Any comments about the quote from C. T. Studd, the Victorian age missionary to the Congo: If Jesus Christ be God, and died for me, no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.
- Paul’s question, So how does it happen that the more I love you, the less I’m loved? How do you respond when you show “warmth” to a fellow Christian but receive no “warmth” in return?
- Read v16. Anyone ever had an experience of serving someone and then having them or others imply that your motives were less than sincere?
- Read v 19. How do we go beyond meeting together, to truly “upbuilding each other”? Give each person in the group an opportunity to share one tangible idea (or even better, one tangible commitment) they/we could do to act on this.
CLOSE. (perhaps stand, hold hands ….. say together multiple times: “all for your upbuilding“)