Jars of Clay

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

September 8, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor

APPLICATION QUESTIONS: 1. Why is the body described as a ‘jar of clay’ in 2 Corinthians 4:7? How should a Christian care for their body? How are Christians taught to think about declining health? 2. What similarities exist between Christ and a Christian in 2 Corinthians 4:7-18? 3. Have you been afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, or struck down? Are you still alive? How has God sustained you as he did the Apostle Paul? 4. What eternal promises does Scripture give to suffering saints that make it seem light and momentary by comparison? Note specific promises.

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