Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. I Corinthians 1:25 November 13, 2011 Rev. David B. Hanson Deaf Liberty Baptist Church Overland Park, Kansas Christ's Power Is Made Perfect in Weakness
The Weak Things God Hath Chosen • I Corinthians 1: 27-29 • 27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
The Weak Things God Hath Chosen • I Corinthians 1: 27-29 • 28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
The Weak Things God Hath Chosen • I Corinthians 1: 27-29 • 29That no flesh should glory in his presence.
Humble Christian Hero or Heroine • A hero or heroine means a person who shows a great courage and also is admired for his or her achievements and qualities.
God’s Purpose for the Weak Things He Uses • God raises up people to achieve His purposes. • God has a way of taking nobodies and making them into somebodies through the power of Jesus Christ.
Gideon The Farmer • Judges 6:11-16 • 11And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
Gideon The Farmer • Judges 6:11-16 • 12And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
Gideon The Farmer • Judges 6:11-16 • 13And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
Gideon The Farmer • Judges 6:11-16 • 14And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
Gideon The Farmer • Judges 6:11-16 • 15And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
Gideon The Farmer • Judges 6:11-16 • 16And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
What God Thought of Gideon • Gideon was with God. • Gideon was a strong man with courage.
What Gideon Thought of Himself • Gideon had seen the tragedies. • Gideon did not see miracles. • Gideon thought that God forsook him. • Gideon was under the rule of the Midianites. • Gideon was poor. • Gideon was not well known.
Gideon’s Weakness • Gideon had fear of fighting. • Gideon had fear of dying. • Gideon had a habit of indecision. • Gideon had cowardice.
Gideon The Transformed Man • God’s power transformed Gideon: • Indecision to acts of heroism • Hiding to facing • Fear to faith • Cowardice to courage
John Knox 1513-1572 • John Knox was born in Scotland. • He was ordained as a Catholic priest. • He was converted to Christ after he met a Bible-believing Christian, George Wishart, who was burned at the stake. • He was the reforming leader in Scotland.
John Knox 1513-1572 • John Knox was commanded to kiss a wooden image of the Virgin Mary. • John refused, grabbed the statue, and threw it overboard. • Then he shouted, “Let her save herself! She is light enough; let her learn to swim.” • His act of courage stirred up the reformation in Scotland.