Weakness Is the Way

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Dr. James I. Packer, (PhD, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of over 40 books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God.

In this video, Dr. Packer testifies to the reality of weakness in his own life.

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV).

"In our society, strength—or at least imagined strength—is applauded, and weakness is thought of as a defect." How has this worldly perspective of weakness affected you? When has a weakness left you feeling defective, less than, or ashamed? What did you do in response to that feeling?
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All the illusions of strength we cling to will eventually, through God's great grace, slip from our grasps. And, as Dr. Packer testifies, when this happens, "it will be good for us and it will give glory to [God]." Does this statement give you a sense of peace or cause a twinge of panic? What does your reaction tell you about what you believe or do not believe about God's sufficiency?
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Dr. Packer continues his discussion of God's sufficiency in the book Weakness is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength. For more information, including an excerpt from the book, click here.