I am teaching a study at church – Living the Gospel in Weakness. We are primarily studying Paul in 1-2 Corinthians, with a couple of Psalms here and there… Here are the break downs (I’ll spare you the long list of texts connected to these themes).
I. The normalcy of weakness (for the purpose of living the gospel with normalcy)
II. The necessity of weakness (faith as dependence)
III. Boasting in weakness (far beyond understanding weakness!)
IV. Ministering in weakness (the angle of effective ministry to a weak world)
V. Worshiping in weakness (worshiping from a posture of poverty not performance)
OK. Me blog no time today.
BUT, as I am getting quite a few readers, it might be nice to turn this on you. It actually would help me in my teaching of this study (and in this being a virtual community of transparent gospel-dependers) if some of you would “comment” on how you have experienced the normalcy of weakness such that you are able to live in the power of Christ. Or, how you have learned that you actually need your experiences of weakness (necessity) so that you will depend only on Christ and his righteousness to cover you before God. Or, how you have been able to naturally minister to another person in their weakness precisely because of your gospel magnifying weakness. Or, how you have experienced rich worship of God because you had to – in your weakness and frailty – come to him from a ‘posture of poverty’ and trust that he received you as a worthy worshiper in Christ.
Perhaps this is a blogging attempt at ‘gospel hospitality.’ This is about making room for you to share your weakness so that we recognize our common condition and so cling to Christ as our only strength. Be brief. Be bravado. Be wordy. I don’t care. Just want to give you room to share…