The “Backward” Wisdom of God“My thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. As the heavens arehigher than the earth, so are my wayshigher than your ways and my thoughtsthan your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9 God’s wisdom seems “backward” to us because our thinking is so backward!
Power and WeaknessCHRIST’S POWER FOR SALVATION The only thing that keeps us from the power of salvation is our self-confidence.
Power and Weakness What is the Church? Why are we here?
Power and WeaknessCHRIST’S POWER FOR SERVICEWe proclaim him, admonishing andteaching everyone with all wisdom, sothat we may present everyone perfectin Christ. To this end I labor, strugglingwith all his energy, which so powerfullyworks in me.Colossians 1:28,29
Power and WeaknessCHRIST’S POWER FOR SERVICE Commitment to Christ & Serving Others Nourishment via God’s Word, Prayer & Fellowship Difficulties
Power and WeaknessCHRIST’S POWER FOR SERVICETo keep me from becoming conceitedbecause of these surpassingly greatrevelations, there was given me a thornin my flesh, a messenger of Satan, totorment me. Three times I pleaded withthe Lord to take it away from me. 2 Corinthians 12:7,8
Power and WeaknessCHRIST’S POWER FOR SERVICE9 But he said to me, “My grace issufficient for you, for my power is madeperfect in weakness.” Therefore I willboast all the more gladly about myweaknesses, so that Christ’s power mayrest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’ssake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,in hardships, in persecutions, indifficulties. For when I am weak, then Iam strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9,10
Power and WeaknessCHRIST’S POWER FOR SERVICE Common “thorns” ○ DISTURBANCE ○ DARKNESS ○ DISAPPOINTMENT ○ INEQUALITY
Power and WeaknessCHRIST’S POWER FOR SERVICE How are you responding to God’s current “thorns?”
Power and WeaknessJars of Clay 7But we have this treasure in jars ofclay to show that this all-surpassingpower is from God and not fromus. 8 We are hard pressed on every side,but not crushed; perplexed, but not indespair; 9 persecuted, but notabandoned; struck down, but notdestroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
Power and WeaknessJars of Clay16Therefore we do not lose heart.Though outwardly we are wastingaway, yet inwardly we are beingrenewed day by day. 17 For our lightand momentary troubles are achievingfor us an eternal glory that faroutweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyesnot on what is seen, but on what isunseen. For what is seen is temporary,but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18