Central Baptist Church
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Morning Worship Sermon



II Corinthians 12:1-10 "It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory.  I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.  2  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3  And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)  4  How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5  Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6  For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in   necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
II Corinthians 12:9 -  "My grace is sufficient..."
"sufficient" =   satisfactory
1. Sufficient to save a soul!
- Pete -  A mentally slow young man, who at 18 thought like a seven or eight year old.  A young man who one day said, "Preacher, I want Jesus in my heart!"
- Magnolia Roscoe - an 80 year old black lady, who heard Jesus passing by and cried out, "Jesus would you pass into my heart?"
- Michael Pardue -     an alcoholic, a drunkard, who lay on his couch and drank a can of beer and a bottle of Maalox, a man who one day cried out, "Lord save me!"
God's Grace - Sufficient to Save!
God's Grace a flowing, gushing fountain, artisan well that never runs dry!
Saving Grace - it should be :
Sung - 
          "Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!"
Told -
I Cor. 15:3-4 -  "I declare unto you the gospel..."
Shouted -
I Peter 3:15 -  "Be ready always..."    
          It should be sung, told, and shouted to men all over this area and the world.
2. Sufficient for suffering!
The theme of II Corinthians 12 is suffering!
Paul prayed,  "Lord, I have a thorn, splinter, or stake in my flesh, will you please remove it!"
God answered, "No, but Paul, My grace, favor, loving-kindness, and mercy are enough for you, they are sufficient against any danger and to enable you to bear the trouble in a manful way!"
We must learn that what is not cured must be endured!  God's grace is sufficient to help in the endurance.
But why must we suffer?


Romans 8:29 - Teaches us that we might suffer daily, "to be molded into the image of His Son, and share inwardly His likeness."
Are you willing to suffer that you might be like Jesus?
Are you willing to weep, hurt, suffer mental anguish, or have a thorn in the flesh to be like Jesus?
Philippians 3:10 -  "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being made conformable unto His death."
God's grace is sufficient in your suffering and in your pain.
          It was sufficient for Fanny Crosby to live in total darkness, yet from her darkness to bring forth songs of light.  Songs like :
-  "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, Oh! What a foretaste of glory divine."
-  "To God Be The Glory! Great things He hath done!"
-  "Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus our Blessed Redeemer, Sing Oh earth, His wonderful love proclaim!"
-  "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross"
          It was also sufficient for a young lady by the name of Linda Berry to live a normal, happy life, grow up and be married while all the time living in total darkness!
          It was sufficient to enable Horatio Spafford, after he lost his entire family to stand on the bank of a river and say, "It is well with My Soul!"
          It was sufficient to help Billy Galloway, a pastor,  stand and preach his father and his mother's funeral, giving God glory!
Folks, God's Grace is Sufficient!
Sufficient for your :    every need
One day it will be sufficient to carry us straight into Glory! 
(Ephesians 2:8-9)
Ill. - Roman martyr told that he was going to die the next day.
     -   He was human
          He had fears                
          He cried out, "God is your grace sufficient?  Can I endure the pain for your grace?"
     -   He placed his finger in a candle flame and cried out in pain.
     -   "O, God, I don't know if I can do it! Can grace see me through it?"
     -   He prayed all night
     -   Day break came and he was led to the stake.
     -   Fire began to crackle around him.
     -   Then a song from amidst the flames began to fill the air!
          How could he possibly sing in the fire?
II Corinthians 12:9 -  "My Grace is Sufficient!"
I don't know what his song was, but I would imagine it was something  akin to :
"Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see."
Grace sufficient even in death!
Sufficient to enable Virginia Strahan to request of her Church, "Don't pray for healing anymore - pray that God will give me dying grace"
Then for her cancer wrecked body to die with a broad smile on it as God received her spirit into Glory to be with Him! 
Sufficient for Julia Smith after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer to spend the last weeks of her life on this earth ministering the Grace of God that had been poured out upon her to other cancer victims.
II Corinthians 1:3-4 - "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
There are several things we need to see about this Grace which is sufficient.
"My Grace is sufficient for Thee!"
It was sufficient when Paul was :
1. Stoned at Lystra and left for dead
2. Ship wrecked in the Mediterranean
3. Beaten and placed in prison at Philippi
But what about today?
Is the Grace of God sufficient if we hear the doctor say, "Cancer"?
Is the Grace of God sufficient when the death angel visits your home?
I have preached so many funerals in the past several months!
Ill. - First funeral I preached
     -   Little Lady in Richardson Town
     -   Her husband died
     -   I went to console her and she consoled me.
     -   She came to the door with the, "Peace of God that passeth all understanding" filling her countenance.
     -   "Oh", she said, "Brother Billy, my husband is gone to heaven to be with the Lord, and to wait for me."
Grace Sufficient in the hour of death!
It was sufficient for Paul in AD 60 and it's sufficient for us in 2018!
Romans 5:2 -  "We have access by faith into His Grace."
Who has access :  Every Child of God has access into His Grace!
                                      Every Born-again believer has access into His Grace!
At Tulane Medical Center I came face to face with reality one day and only God's Grace was sufficient to meet the need - and Glory to God! The need was met!
God's Grace is for Billy Galloway and for you.
God's Grace is for all of God's Children Today!
All you have to do is take it, claim it, and receive it.
God's Grace is Personal - It's for You!"
"My Grace is sufficient!"
          The Divine and sovereign God of this universe has more than enough Grace to meet the needs of His people!
What is your need today?
-  Sickness
II Corinthians 4:15 -  "For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God."
-  Backslidden
Ephesians 1:7 -  "In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
-  Family Problems
John 1:14 - Says Christ is, "Full of Grace."
Let me tell you this, whatever your problem is today, His Grace is sufficient for you today!
Matthew 11:28 -  "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Personal Grace
Plenteous Grace
Who is speaking this verse in our text :                 Peter - No!
                                                                                       Barnabas - No!
                                                                                       Silas - No!
                                                                                       Paul - No!
Almighty God Himself speaks to Paul - "My Grace is sufficient!"
The very One who stood on nothing and spoke everything into existence. The One who created man!
This is the One who said, "My Grace is sufficient!"
If He is God, then He is omnipotent, immutable, His Grace is backed up by the omnipotence of an unchanging God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
1.  There's no one He can't save!
If He can save me and you.  He can save anybody!
2.  There's no need He can't meet!
Ill. - Sufficient to meet the need of a three month old baby whose mother didn't want her.
      - Mother told a worker at Fairhaven, "If you don't take her, I'll get rid of her if I have to throw her in creek and let the turtles have her."
3.  There's no home He can't restore!
He specializes in the hard cases!
There is enough of God's Grace - It is sufficient!
Personal Grace
Plenteous Grace
Powerful Grace
What do I mean?
When did Paul need that grace?
Three weeks before the thorn, a month after the thorn, no, right now!
          Folks God's Grace is always timed perfectly!
It's never more than enough or less than enough, it's always right on time!
Do you need God's Grace today?
Right now?
Well, it's yours - right now!
All you have to do is receive it!
Hebrews 4:16 -  (Amplified)  "Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace - the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners; that we may receive mercy for our failures and find grace to help in good time for every need - appropriated help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it."
When God said, "My Grace is sufficient for thee", He said in one sentence everything you need today for salvation, suffering, and service.
Will you open your heart and allow God's Holy Spirit to minister His Sufficient Grace into your life?