Study Questions: Week 3
- As we begin tonight, share a time in your life when you could see how beneficial a lifestorm was for you. How do you know it was beneficial or valuable for you?
- Some lifestorms are for a lifetime. How does this statement affect you? Would you say you have known that to be true or not? Share.
- Read 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 aloud and discuss the following:
a. What was the thorn in Paul’s flesh?
b. Why should we be encouraged because God did not remove Paul’s thorn?
c. How did God work through Paul’s weaknesses?
d. What did Paul mean when He said, “For when I am weak, then I am strong”?
e. What was the life‐changing lesson that Paul learned from God when God denied his prayer?
- Has God ever displayed His power or strength in the midst of a storm in your life? Explain how.
- How does our desire to be self‐sufficient limit God’s power in our lives?
- Can we become dependent upon God without having to experience “storms” ourselves?
- Read the following passages aloud. Share how each one is an encouragement while in life’s storms.
a. James 1:2-4
b. Philippians 4:6-7
c. Hebrews 2:18
d. Matthew 6:25-34
- Commit to memorizing one of the passages above. Also, take time to pray together and for each other.
2 Corinthians 12:6-10
6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,
7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.