Believing and Beholding

“Believing and Beholding”

 Lewis, Sayers, and Williams were some of the best Christian thinkers of their time, but they also were combating a pragmatic scientific worldview that was getting very good about theologizing God but forgetting how to behold the beauty and power of God. They believed we had to hold both in tension.

 Theme: Faith is both believing and beholding; we must open our eyes to the beauty and power of God that is all around us.

 Dorothy Sayers -

 Charles Williams -

 David -

 The Webster definition of Beholding is to look at, to see, to apprehend and to gaze.

 Worship is commonly defined as the feeling or expression of reverence, adoration, devotion, and beholding God.

 David knew that worship had to be part of his daily diet. It not only gave him life, it gave him perspective. More and more we people of faith need to be intentional to behold and worship God in our everyday lives. As we see God in the minutia of our day it makes all of it more than minutia. It is about beholding and being present before God. This is worship. 

I challenge us all to open our eyes to see the beauty and power of God that is all around us. Let worship and beholding God be part of your daily diet.


Strength out of Weakness

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.