"Weakness Made Strong"
2 Corinthians 12: 1-10
Paul’s Vision and His Thorn
12 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 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.
“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in
protection from suffering. The love of God did not protect His own Son. He will not
necessarily protect us – not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of
hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.”
~ Elisabeth Elliot
• Paul highlights “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the
surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a
messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.”
(2 Cor 12:7) How do you understand what Paul is saying? What does this
potentially mean practically for each follower of Christ?
• “Paul said “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
(vs 10). What are you willing to endure for the sake of Christ? How can we
grow in our intimacy with Christ?
Scriptures to Consider
• Matthew 26:41
• 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
• Isaiah 40:29-31
MONDAY, June 12
9:30 am Men’s Outreach Prayer
1:30 pm Women’s Prayertime
7:30 pm Monday Knight Men
TUESDAY, June 13
6:30 pm Live Free
7:00 pm Adult Badminton
7:00 pm Bridal Shower for Simone Bauer
WEDNESDAY, June 14
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
7:00 pm Young Adults Study at Vanderveen’s
THURSDAY, June 15
FRIDAY, June 16
6:30 pm Grandparenting Seminar
7:30 pm YOUTH
SATURDAY , June 17
9:00 am Grandparenting Seminar
SUNDAY, June 18
9:15 am Worship Service
11:00 am Filipino Worship Service
11:15 am Worship Service
HYMN SING tonight at 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room. Open to all ages. Bring finger food for sharing after the event.
KNIGHTING CEREMONY June 12 at 7:30 pm. Join with us to celebrate the Men who are graduating from the Monday Night Men’s course Knights of the 21st Century. Special speaker is David Aschenmeier.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT TEAM wants to remind you to please return your pledge form by June 18. Thank you to those who have already done so. Pledge forms can be picked up and returned to the box at the Welcome Centre.
GRANDPARENTING MATTERS SEMINAR – June 16 and 17. Join us for an encouraging time of learning and sharing. Guest Speakers are Larry Fowler from California and Rev. Keith Taylor from Beulah Alliance. Visit the website OR the Welcome Centre for more information.
VBS (Vacation Bible School) August 14 - 18. Maker Fun Factory for ages 3 to 12. Registration is now open online!
Our BIBLE SCHOOL COURSE this month is “ Survey of the New Testament I” with Dr. Ronald Cottle on June 22 -24. Register with Pastor Coreen today and learn the historical, political and social contents of the gospels.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with summer Discovery Island and VBS, Talk to Pastor Coreen, or Children’s Ministry worker at the Check-In station, or contact the church and sign up online.
ONE SERVICE at 10am starting July 2 for the summer months. There will be no child care on July 2 and only Nursery infant/toddler care July 9 & 16. Our summer Sunday School program is volunteer run - giving our regular teachers a break. Please sign up at the Children’s sign in kiosk to indicate the Sunday you prefer to supervise during the summer.
THANK YOU to all who contributed to the blessing of our International Workers with gift cards. Continue to pray for their adjustment to a new home here in Canada.
Giving Week of June 4: $31,289
49 Week Average: $23,838
Financial Update (July 2016 - May 31, 2017):
Weekly Budget: $26,153
Budget shortfall: $111,771
Expenses YTD $1,063,855
$146,508 (July 2016 - May 31, 2017)
$37,848 (July 2016 - May 31, 2017)
Future Development Fund:
$201,787 (July 2016 - May 31, 2017)
Please pray for:
- Our International Workers: Jon & Angie Coutts, Ric & Kareen Strangway, Stephen & Marilyn Rigby.
- Our Pastoral Staff: Pastor Coreen Frey. Pastor Coreen is married to Dave and they have 3 married children.
- Our Administrative Staff: Janet Sawatzky. Janet is married to Richard and they have 3 adult children.
- Our Elders: Del Dyck. Del is married to Carol and they have two married children.
- Our Custodial Staff: Apryl and Dee
- Please join us for a bridal shower honouring Simone Bauer (soon to be Ms. Allen King) on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room. For more information, contact Carla at 780-962-0834 or by email.
- Please continue to be in prayer for the elders, the staff and the hiring team as they discern God’s direction for the future of the Worship and Arts ministry.