The Greatness of God’s Grace
April 3, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Grace Passage: 2 Corinthians 12:7–12:10
In this sermon podcast on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Pastor Brent teaches three “spiritual lessons” concerning the grace of God that enables your Christian life.
Through treatment and determination, world acclaimed cyclist Lance Armstrong beat cancer. At the end of his experience he wanted to support other cancer victims and started the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The message of LIVESTRONG is to fight cancer with all you have, i.e. “live strong”. The motto was magnified even more by Armstrong’s apparent cycling success winning seven Tour de France victories. He inspired others in their weakness to be strong through determination. However noble his message, Armstrong’s lack of integrity sucked the wind out of his message and movement.
Finding strength in weakness is noble and right. However, Lance Armstrong’s attempt was worldly, selfish and ultimately limited in its ability to strengthen the weak. The apostle Paul, as he confronts false apostles in Corinth, defends his integrity and ministry by pointing to his source of strength in weakness. In fact, Paul boasts, not in his strength, but in his weaknesses to validate his ministry.
As Paul boasts of his weaknesses, he delivers valuable lessons concerning the greatness of the grace of God. In Paul’s weakness he finds protection, enablement and contentment through the grace of God, namely, the power of Christ. Christ’s power was sufficient to provide Paul all that he needed to endure difficulty for the glory of Christ. By recognizing his weakness, Paul opens the door for the power of Christ to protect him from self-exaltation and to empower him in his Christian life and ministry. When Paul was weak, then he was strong in Christ.
You and I can also find strength in our weakness by the grace of God that comes through the power of Christ.