Paul's Thorn In The Flesh • Alpine Chapel
We all like it when God allows the good things in our life, but what about the difficult things? What about those weaknesses that slow us down, hold us up, and keep us from doing everything we feel like we should be doing? The apostle Paul wasn’t afraid to ask God these questions or share what he learned with the church in Corith. While Paul didn’t get the response he wanted, he did get a response that’s helpful for us as we think about these question today.
Check out Part Two of Alpine Chapel’s series “Asking for a Friend” and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd responds to a little question with big implications: what was Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”?

TEACHING & DISCUSSION (45 MINUTES)

For groups process this weekend’s message from Alpine, spend time watching the message before you meet together. After watching, use the questions below to help get the conversation going:
  • How do you feel about the fact that we’re not told exactly what Paul’s thorn is, but only what it’s for?
  • What would have to be true of someone’s character for them to feel comfortable sharing their “thorns”?
  • Is there anything in your life that you sense God is saying “No” to right now? If so, what do you think his reason for the “No” is?
  • Was that anything that stood out to you from the message (positively or negatively)?

This guide is intended for online community groups who are meeting digitally to care for one another in this season and discuss the weekly messages from Alpine. Looking for a community? CLICK HERE.

GIVING (2 MINUTES)

Take a few minutes to practice generosity to Alpine Chapel by giving online. After giving, have somebody pray for generosity and provision at Alpine Chapel in this season.
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PRAYER (30 MINUTES)

To conclude your gathering, spend some time in prayer together. Begin with a few minutes in silence, listening for what God might have to say to you or to your group in this moment, then share what came to mind. After a few minutes of listening and sharing, spend time praying for:
  • Eradication of COVID-19 and healing for those who are sick
  • Followers of Jesus to be a presence of peace and love in their neighborhoods
  • Wisdom for local, state, national, and global leaders
  • Any needs in your group

RESOURCES FOR USING ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

In light of what’s happening in our world right now, we want to be intentional about being in the kind of community that keeps one another believing. We live like COMMUNITY IS OUR DESIGN and the only way to do that is together. While we may not be able to meet physically, there are a number of digital and video conferencing options that can help us stay connected.
Many of our online community groups use Zoom Video conferencing. You can sign up for Zoom and download the app or browser plugins at  https://zoom.us/download.