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Sermon by Cedric L. Payne

September 8, 2019

Key Scripture

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 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.


  1. 2 Corinthians 12:7 Or hears from me, even because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations. So to keep me from becoming conceited

English Standard Version (ESV)


Sermon Point Number 1

Your need for control will come into conflict with God's gift of grace.

Sermon Point Number 2

God's grace is independent of your need for control.

Sermon Point Number 3

For God's greatness to shine, your control must yield into humility.

Sermon Point Number 4

Your yielding heart will appreciate the power of weakness.