The saints at Christ Church are reading J.I. Packer’s book “Weakness is the Way” together during the summer of 2016. We are doing this because we want to better understand what it means when we affirm our desire to see “God’s glory displayed through Christ’s community.” One aspect of glory is strength. But because it’s God’s glory that is supposed to be marveled at, He chooses those who are weak in order to display His strength. The reality is that we are all weak in relation to God (“…the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1Co 1:25 NKJV)). But God goes to special lengths to disabuse His people of our false notions of strength in order to make His own strength known to us and through us. Weakness is the way. We want to follow our Lord, who was “crucified in weakness” yet “lives by the power of God” (2Co 13:4 NKJV). This is Packer’s testimony to that reality. He unpacks it in his book based on the instructions found in the apostle Paul’s letter that we call 2 Corinthians.

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