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Keep Calm and Consider: Power
September 30, 2018

Keep Calm and Consider: Power

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Speaker: Chris Kellam | Series: Keep Calm and Consider

We all know what it feels like to encounter “weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities” as Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 12:10. Every day we can be sure to come face to face with a thought, situation, or person that invites us to live in anxiety and fear. This is why we are in desperate need of God’s help in the midst of life’s difficulties. In our sermon series, “Keep Calm and Consider,” we are looking at what God says to us to calm our worry. Paul, having gone through an incredible amount of suffering, writes in this week’s passage that instead of anxiety dominating his life, it was the grace of God that sustained him and gave him contentment during those times. His attitude in his circumstances reveal a much different mindset than we are used to. In this sermon, “Power,” we will look at how the power of Christ strengthens Paul to change the way he thinks about and responds to hardships. 2 Corinthians 12:1-12: “I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (NIV)

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