Sunday 05.24.15 (grace is enough and prayer thoughts for Memorial Day)

This Sunday, we’ll think about Paul’s struggle with his “thorn in the side” and his realization that God’s grace is enough to give him strength and carry him though all his trials. We also pray for everyone to have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No evening activities due to the Holiday Weekend**

Sermon Notes
Grace is Enough ~ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

  • As followers of Jesus, God is most concerned about our reliance upon him (12:9-10)
    • Faith is not about belief in the sense of mere mental agreement with some truths
    • Faith is about trust
    • God is interested in our holiness and joy
  • To shape our reliance upon him, God brings things into our lives that cause us to run to him (12:7)
    • Paul received a thorn, we’re not sure what it was though it wasn’t pleasant at the moment
    • Some of our suffering is the result of our sin (1 Pt 4:15)
    • Some of our suffering is God using it to shape us to be like Jesus (Rom 5:3-5, James 1:2-4, 1 Pt 4:12-19)
  • Running to God, know that his grace is enough (12:8-10)
    • God desires us to get to the point we are totally dependent on him
    • When God tells us no, he will give us the strength we need by his grace
    • This is all accomplished through the cross of Jesus

Some thoughts for prayer for this Memorial Day…

  1. Pray for those who have lost loved ones that have served in the military, also pray for those who have lost loved ones in other ways (Romans 12:15)
  2. Pray for the peace of God to reign upon the earth and for wars to cease through the spread of the Gospel and the return of Jesus (Psalm 46)
  3. Pray for President Obama, your senators, representatives, and other leaders with the hope “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
  4. Pray for those who set themselves up as your enemies, including “enemies of the state” that they might come to know the love, grace, and glory of God through Jesus (Matthew 5:43-48)

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