2 Corinthians 11: Paul's Sacrifice for the Gospel

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 129–130


Paul, like other missionaries, paid a price for preaching the gospel. Have you ever heard a returned missionary talk about the trials he or she faced while serving a mission? In 2 Corinthians 11 you will read about some of what Paul suffered as a missionary. Consider what he may have learned from his trials and how he was able to endure them.
Paul lowered over city wall

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Corinthians 11

Forty stripes save one (v. 24)Thirty-nine lashes or beatings (usually with a scourge or whip) 
Perils (v. 26)Danger 
With a garrison (v. 32)Guarded 

Studying the Scriptures

Do the following activity as you study 2 Corinthians 11.

Activity A iconInterview a Missionary

Read 2 Corinthians 11:24–33 with a returned missionary you know. Ask him or her to tell you about the following:

  1. 1.

    A trial he or she faced while serving a mission

  2. 2.

    How that trial compares with what Paul experienced

  3. 3.

    What he or she did to overcome that trial

missionary on crutches

Write a short paragraph about how trials can strengthen our testimonies.