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God and Our Weakness

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Date: July 16, 2017

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: God And Our Fears

Scripture: Judges 7:2–7:8

Why does God often work through weakness?

  • God wants to redefine our perspective of greatness

Jesus virtually ignores them. Paul faithfully gives witness but with no attempt to adapt or curry favor.....And why? Because Jesus and the Jesus community know that the conditions in which the gospel makes its way in the World have little to do with influence and wealth and power. The non-negotiable context from which they work is made up of Jesus, the cross and the Trinity. Neither celebrity nor “opportunity” distracts either Jesus or the Jesus community. The world is a seductive place. Once we begin to cater to its interests, appeal to its curiosities, shape our language to its idioms and syntax, embrace its criteria of relevance, we abandon our basic orientation. - Eugene Peterson

  • God redefines greatness as dependence on him

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 my rest upon me. 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. - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

  • God is growing our humility over our heroics


  1. Humility allows you to be human
  2. Humility protects us from ourselves
  3. Humility enables care rather than competition