Accepting Physical Frailties

Why our weakness can open our eyes to God’s strength.

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Overview

Kathleen Anderson was an athlete, bodybuilder, runner, and dancer who expected her vigor and energy to continue unabated. Then life happened: surgeries, food allergies, pain, waiting, frustration, and fear. All she had counted on and come to expect as a normal part of her life was gone or on the way out the door. Kathleen, a Christian, suddenly had to face hard questions, as do all of us who come to the realization that mortal existence is not all fun and games.

In her suffering, Kathleen began to mine the Scriptures for answers to questions she had never asked. In so doing, her problems didn’t disappear, but they ushered her into secret places that have become waiting rooms for a Reality beyond reality. May this study give all of us a glimpse of that Reality.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE:Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18; 12:1-10;

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Receive youth and health as gifts—albeit temporary ones—from the loving hand of God.
Teaching point two: Spiritual strength can come from physical weakness.
Teaching point three: Christians are called to help one another.
Teaching point four: Our reward will far outweigh our suffering.
Teaching point five: Believers will one day be like Christ.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources

ARTICLES FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • "From Powerlifter to Powerless," by Kathleen Anderson, May 2012

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