Waiting and Weakness – Advent (Week 1)

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We tend to run from our weaknesses, but weakness is the very clothes God puts on in the incarnation. In this Advent sermon, Ian reminds us that God’s power is made perfect in weakness, and he invites us to consider how God wants to empower us to live redemptively in our weakness.

  Sermon Discussion Questions

Jn. 1:1–3, 14; 2 Cor. 12:9 – 10|| Ian’s sermon || 12/1/19

  • Ian shared that he is an avid devourer of books, podcasts, and good food & coffee—always moving on to the next thing, often before completing the first. Sometimes, he confessed, this can be a way of hiding from pain and brokenness. What are some of the ways you distract yourself from pain or brokenness in your life?
  • “Weakness is the clothes God puts on in the incarnation,” Ian said. Where do you see weakness or vulnerability in the Christmas narrative?
  • Ian said, “In order to be formed in the likeness of Jesus, we need to not run from our weakness or let our weaknesses paralyze us or define us, but rather, invite God into our weakness.” Have you ever felt paralyzed or defined by your weakness? What might it look like to invite God into your weakness?
  • How would you describe Paul’s relationship with weakness, based on 2 Cor. 12:9-10? Have you ever boasted about a weakness? What is the promise in this verse, and have you ever experienced it? If so, what did that look like?
  • Today or this week, consider taking a set amount of time, such as 3 or 5 or 10 minutes, to slow down and be with God in silence. Trust that in these moments of vulnerability before him, he will meet you as you wait on him.