It might seem natural to equate spiritual health with an absence of weakness and vulnerability. Maybe it’s exactly the opposite. Sometimes power and strength are found where we least expect them. Could it be that running from weakness is actually a weakness? We become spiritually healthy when we see the value of humility, weakness, and vulnerability—all-powerful responses when combined with trust in God. When it comes to strength, God’s ways can seem upside down.

Discussion Questions

How would most people describe strength? What does it mean for you to be strong?

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 is one of the most remarkable passages in the New Testament. What is Paul’s view of weakness in his life? How is this perspective upside-down from how many people view strength and power?

What is vulnerability? How might vulnerability be a good trait? What is the relationship between shame and joy and vulnerability?

Peter Scazzero says, “It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” What does that mean and how might that apply to your life?

Read Psalm 9:1 and 103:1. Why is it important not to hold back from God what’s inside of you? How is Psalm 77:3 at the statement of vulnerability to God?

What guidelines would you suggest for being vulnerable with other people? What are the dangers and benefits of vulnerability?

Further Reading

A Call to Action

It is great to gather as the church. But we are also told by Jesus to “go” as the church, sharing God’s word with others and making them disciples. Fulfilling the Great Commission is not an option or a suggestion. It is a command to each of us as believers to actively...

A Brand New Day

While God never changes in His nature, He does change the way He works with human beings. Jesus announced a significant change when He held up a cup and identified it with His blood that would establish a new covenant. After being raised from the dead, Jesus told His...

The Meal of the Movement

The church can be described as a body, a family, an army. It’s a movement of influence—one that seeks to bring glory to God and point people toward the Savior. On the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested, He initiated the movement with a meal. He chose food and drink...

We Are Family

Many people say that kids and students are the church of tomorrow but that statement could not be further from the truth. They are the church of today. There is so much hope and promise in the younger generation. Throughout the summer, we have talked about how to be...

Hearing God’s Voice

If we said we had a personal relationship with another person, we’d all assume, at the very least, some degree of regular, back-and-forth conversation. So how does a “personal relationship with God” work? We talk to God through prayer, but how does God talk back to...