We are in a season of reconnecting and rebuilding as churches.
Leaders are re-evaluating and reconsidering plans and projects. Some leaders hope to resurrect programs that were on hold due to COVID.
Leadership teams are recalibrating. In the midst of this, church life can feel tender, fragile, and hopeful all at the same time.
In 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Paul seeks to recalibrate the Corinthian Church around two realities.
The first: God’s resurrection life comes through the word of the cross.
Paul seeks to recalibrate them around what God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit were doing in and through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This word seemed as weak and foolish back then as it does today, but it is this word that is at work in the world.
The second reality is this: The power of the cross is most embodied in our weakness.
Why? Because it’s in our weakness that we entrust ourselves most fully to the one who raised Jesus from the dead. When we’ve entrusted ourselves to God it can be our very weakness that the Spirit uses to magnify Jesus.
These realities are so helpful in a season of recalibration.
Why? Because they remind us not to rely on the strength of our own power. They remind us to not to rely on our products or programmes to restore us.
They remind us not to rely on our abilities or skills to resurrect the “church”.
They remind us that God has chosen to work through the weakness of his word, and our own weaknesses as leaders, and our weaknesses as church families to display his beauty goodness, grace, and truth.