Julius Kim delivered a message to the Bay Area Regional Chapter of TGC titled “Weakness and Witness” as part of the series “Testify: Bearing Witness to Christ in the Present Age.” Working from 1 Corinthians 1:26–31, Kim encouraged his listeners to testify to the goodness of God even in the midst of overwhelming weakness. When we feel intimidated, overwhelmed, hopeless, powerless, paralyzed, and demoralized in the face of a culture that esteems success and shuns godliness, we are empowered by the same Spirit—the Spirit of the resurrected Christ—who enabled Paul to witness with power and confidence to the elite in Athens.

God uses the weak to shame the strong—the willing servant to shame the self-reliant—in order to demonstrate that all-surpassing power comes from God alone. “Our entire lives are based upon what God has already done, is doing, and will do,” Kim declared. “He’s given us a firm testimony—the past. He’s given us spiritual gifts—the present, and the promise of ongoing strengthening in the future. So, from beginning to end, God is on our side, and that’s why we can have confidence and not self-centered fear.”