Strength out of Weakness

SERMON NOTES
Difference Makers
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Acts 9:26-30; 2 Corinthians 12:10

“Strength out of Weakness”

 We are starting a new sermon series today called Difference Makers. This will be a three-week series that looks at a few historical figures who not only made a difference, but were people of deep faith. Today we will look at John Knox alongside Apostle Paul.

 Theme: People of Deep Faith often go through humbling seasons where they discover God’s strength out of their weaknesses. It is often in the catalyst of opening one’s heart to God, intertwined with God’s grace, that depth is birthed.

 Paul –

 John Knox -

 The foundational beliefs of Christians are that we are flawed, broken, and in need of Christ at the core of our identity. Yet we are embarrassed by the scars of humanity, so we use a veneer, a façade so others will perceive us as more beautiful and perfect than we feel on the inside. Paul wrote the words of 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NRSV); how true they were for him, for John Knox, and even for us today!

 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

 Paul discovered how to leverage his burdens as a way of opening his heart to God so he could fully be strengthened by God’s grace.

Allow your messiness, weakness, and burdens to strip the veneers of your life so you can open your heart to experience God’s grace.