SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2021
9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus)
11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus)
PEACE WITH SELF SERIES
LET GO! Releasing Power and Control, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
"In emotionally healthy churches, people live and lead out of brokenness and vulnerability. They understand that leadership in the kingdom of God is from the bottom up, not a grasping, controlling, or lording over others. It is leading out of failure and pain, questions and struggles—a serving that lets go. It is a noticeably different way of life from what is commonly modeled in the world and, unfortunately, in many churches" (EMC 114).
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TEXTS: 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
1. Develop a Theology of Weakness/Universal Sinfulness
Paul on spiritual authority and weakness
2. Accepting Your “Gift Of A Handicap” Weakness and Struggles As Part Of Your Identity Through Jesus’ Grace
Scazzero: Paul's growth in Christ parallels his increasing sense of weakness.
What happened? He grew in the love of God and the gospel! Stronger in Christ but weaker in self.
WALKING AS A CRACKED POT!
3. A Church Based On Weakness
God meets us in our failures and frailties. God uses people who do not depend on their own fits or resources.
Don’t be encouraged to stay where you are, but admitting where you are, and the truth about the sinful and broken you, is the start. To receive mercy, you need to admit why, and to what extent, you need mercy!
SIDE TRIP: Home Church
4. Parable of the Prodigal Son (9/23)
LANDING: Next Steps
For Reflection and Discussion
(From Emotionally Healthy Spirituality study guide Study )