Jesus says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In a way, all of our values hinge on this one. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Therefore, we can be honest about who we truly are. We are all tax collectors (sinners) who like to dress up like Pharisees (perfect people). We all occasionally make the mistake of thinking, “I could serve your Kingdom better if only I wasn’t so broken!” But Jesus tells us that his power is made perfect in our weakness.
Being humbled by grace, means learning to boast in our weakness. We have to be broken if the power of Jesus is going to be displayed in our lives.
At New City Church, we believe in being honest about who we are. We not only tolerate one another’s brokenness (when things get really messy) but we celebrate it. God is calling us to this countercultural idea; that we can see into the core of someone and not be repelled by what we find. We don’t serve a God who expects us to get our act together before we come to him.
And our friends and neighbors are longing to hear about a God like this.
Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Learning to abide in Jesus and walk in the power of his Holy Spirit is the key to depending on him. This is done through regular confession, repentance, and worship.