Application Questions: What offering does Paul challenge the church to give towards? What comparable gifts should churches give today? What motivates generous Christians in 2 Corinthians 8? Make a list and determine if these influences compel your giving. What does it mean to be generous? What principles guide your giving to church, to organizations, and to the needy? How can a person give generously in the right way, for the right motive, and with the right outcome?
2 Corinthians 8:1-24
November 10, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Testing the Saints
December 29, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: Scripture calls for self-examination “so see whether you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). How do you test your faith? How should you pray for someone you love who persists in sin while professing their salvation? Of the final five commands given by Paul in 2 Corinthians 13:11, pick the most needed and most difficult for you now. What does your obedience to these reveal? Why would anyone gladly become weak in order that others may grow strong?
December 22, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? What applications can be made to your own weakness and troubles? Considering your own limitations, how has God taught you to be content in weakness? In what sense is God's grace sufficient for you? How does grace change the way you view your limitations? What is God’s purpose when he answers “no” to your prayer?
December 15, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What does it mean to “put on airs”? How do Christians unwittingly do this before unbelievers? After reading through the Apostle Paul’s list of troubles (2 Corinthians 11:23-28), list your own series of afflictions. What has God taught you that could only be learned through difficulty? Do you suffer from insomnia or anxiety? What can be learned from Paul’s experience about how a Christian should deal with the mind and emotions? Why does Paul refer to churches as a burden? Who is responsible to bear the burdens of the church today?