New Testament Bible Reading Plan
A question that is found at the very end of this assignment is what has given me my inspiration for what I feel God wants me to share with you.
“When was the last time you prayed this for a fellow believer?”
As you move through this day, ask God to bring a name to your heart…a name of a fellow believer that He knows is in need of prayer. Follow through and pray for the name He places on your heart. And know…that I am going to be praying for you.
Today’s Assignment – 2 Corinthians 10-13
“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Unconventional Warfare (10:1-6)
What characteristics did Paul use to show his motive? (1-2) What does “live by the standards of this world” in this context mean? (Ezekiel 11:12) What kind of people would say that Christians like Paul “live by the standards of this world”? (Mark 8:15; Matt. 23:25-28)
Can the life of a follower of Jesus be placid, unpretentious, and unassuming? (3-4) How do the weapons of the world compare to the weapons of God’s children? What is the nature of the conflict? (5)
What does verse 6 mean? Is the spiritual battle internal or external?
Authority for Building Up (10:7-11)
In their assessment of people, including Paul, how were the Corinthians making their conclusions? (7a) How does God see people? (1 Chron. 28:9; Prov. 16:2; Luke 5:22) How should God’s people view others? (John 7:24)
Why can a judgement based on outward appearance be misleading and lead to God’s disfavor? (7b; Isaiah 53:2-3; Mark 6:2-3) What do you think those who were saying Paul was worldly look like? (Mark 12:38-39; Acts 15:5; Titus 1:10-11)
How had Paul countered the teaching from those who looked good on the outside, but on the inside were not of Christ? (8) Why wasn’t he ashamed of doing this?
What was his motive in writing the first letter to the Corinthians? (9) What did those who opposed the gospel he preached have to say about him? (10) What did those who opposed the gospel Paul preached have to say about him? (10) What did they not realize? (11) How can this be applied to our life? (John 6:61-65)
Boast in the Lord (10:12-18)
When is it wrong to classify and compare ourselves? (12) When is it right? (13) How is this the same as the day we will stand before? (Matt. 25:23, 28-30)
What is the field that Paul was talking about in verse 13? (14-15) How does this compare to Jesus’ ministry? (Matthew 13:37-39) What should we always remember as we work in our field? (16)
What does boasting in the Lord have to do with preaching the gospel? (17) Whose commendation should we seek? (18) How does seeking Jesus’ commendation compel us to share the gospel to strangers?
“If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am. God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, who is worthy of eternal praise, knows I am not lying.” 2 Corinthians 11:30-31
Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 11
False Apostles (11:1-15)
How does Paul consider his comments about himself in this letter? (1) What did he consider foolish? (2 Cor. 10:8, 14) Why would he be foolish? (2) What does it mean that Jesus is our husband? What can we learn about what a true relationship with Jesus is like from verse 3?
Just because someone claims to believe in Jesus and even witnesses to others does it mean they preach the truth? (4)
How did the counterfeit Christians consider Paul? (5) Why did they think this way and why were they wrong? (6) What was Paul’s motive in lowering himself while living as a missionary in Corinth? (7)
Where did Paul receive support while a new missionary to the Corinthians? (8) What can we learn from Paul about how to live among new believers? (9) And what should be our motivation? (10-11)
Does every one who claims authority, have God’s authority? (12) How serious is our discernment in these matters? (13-14) Will it be easy to see deceitful workmen? (15) How can we know who is of God and who are deceivers? (John 10:25-30; 1 John 3:10, 16-20)
Paul Boasts About his Sufferings (11:16-33)
How are Christians sometimes seen by people of the world and even religious people? (4) How did Paul consider boasting? (17) Yet what did Paul do? (18) Why? (19, 30)
What were the young Christians in Corinth letting happen? (20) How can we avoid that from happening? (John 15:5-10) How did Paul differ from pseudo-Christians? (21) Were the pseudo-Christians easy to recognize? (22-23a)
What did Paul endure for Jesus and the gospel? (23b-25) Why was he constantly on the move even though danger was everywhere he went? (26) Where there times that his outward situation could have made him think that God was not with him and blessing his ministry? (27) Why does God let his servants, his children go through so much troubles when they are obeying the gospel? (1 Peter 4:12-17)
What kind of relationship did Paul have with the churches he had visited? (28-29) How should we invest into the kingdom of God? (Mark 10:42-45) To what extent does Paul follow Jesus’ example in ministry? (Mark 6:34) As we serve each other what is the one thing that we all do? (31)
When did the event happen Paul describes in verses 32-33? (Acts 9:1-6) What was the cause? (Acts 9:19-25) What can we learn?
“…even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 12
Paul’s Vision (12:1-6)
About what had Paul been boasting in the previous chapter? How did he regard talk about visions and revelations from the Lord? (1)
What does it mean to be “a man in Christ”? (2a) Describe the spiritual experience which a certain “man in Christ” had. (2b-4) Why might this have happened to this man?
Did Paul boast about his spiritual strength? (5) Why would he not have been a fool even if he had boasted? (6)
Why did he not try to gain special recognition from talking about his spiritual experiences? What did he talk about? Why?
Paul’s Thorn (7-9a)
What had happened to him to counterbalance the great spiritual revelations which he had received? (7) Why did he believe that this problem had been given to him?
What might be the problem that he describes as a thorn in his flesh? Why does he call it a “messenger from Satan”? What did he do about it?
How did the Lord answer his prayer? Why did God answer him this way? What does this teach us about prayer? About God?
What is God’s grace? What does God mean by saying that his grace is sufficient? (1 Tim. 1:15; 1 Co. 15:10)
God’s Grace (12:9b-10)
What does it mean that God’s power is made perfect in weakness? What did Paul consider his weaknesses? How could he delight in and actually thank God for not only his weaknesses but also his suffering?
What did Paul mean by “When I am weak, then I am strong”? How can God’s grace make a person strong? How can grace change one’s attitude toward suffering?
Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians (12:11-21)
What does the word apostle mean and what confirmed them as true? (11-12; Matt. 10:1; Mark 3:14-15; Luke 11:49) What seems to have been one of the reasons the Corinthians accepted the self-proclaimed “super-apostles” words and help? (13)
What good human trait is also true in God’s spiritual family? (14) What is the motivation for sacrificial living? (15) Does sacrificial living include exploitation? (16-17) Who else besides Paul did not exploit the Corinthian believers? (18) Is this cult like practice still being practiced by some religious groups who claim to be from Jesus? (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
What should be the result of our actions towards fellow believers? (19) What happens in congregations when the member’s motivations are impure? (20) What does it Paul mean that God will humble him for the Corinthian’s sins? (21) What does this show us about who is responsible when congregations go wrong? (Num. 32:9-13; Rom. 2:17-24)
“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. As you test yourselves, I hope you will recognize that we have not failed the test of apostolic authority.” 2 Corinthians 13:5-6
Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 13
How should someone who preaches or teaches the word of God be confirmed? (1) What should be done when someone who confesses Jesus and yet continually refuses to repent from sinful ways? (2)
How will God deal with people who do not respect his established authority? (3) What is easy to forget about Jesus’ authority? (4)
What does it mean to examine ourselves? (5) What test is Paul talking about? (6-7)
What is the truth? (8; John 1:17, 8:31-32, 14:6, 17:17) How does the truth perfect us? (9) How was Paul’s absence from the Corinthians and return like Jesus’ absence and return for us? (10; Rev. 22:7, 12-13)
Final Greetings (13:11-14)
What is the result when Christians practice Jesus’ words, “Love one another as I love you”? (11)
What is a holy kiss? (12) How might this be misused? (2 Tim. 3:6) What does saint mean? (13)
What three prayer topics does Paul conclude with? (14) When was the last time you prayed this for a fellow believer?