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OPINION

BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, July 22, 2012

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.
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This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

Bible Passage: Judges 6:1—8:21

Discussion Question: How can God use us to encourage others in spite of our weaknesses?

Food for Thought:

Christ tells us in Scripture that He is made perfect through our weakness. Hudson Taylor once wrote that, "All God's giants have been weak people." Think about Gideon, David and Abraham. God really does use our weaknesses to glorify Himself, and Brant Hansen, for one, is grateful for that.

Hansen is a self-professed nerd. As a middle-schooler, he wore thick glasses because of a problem with his eyes. He worried about how he looked and whether girls liked him. He also suffers from Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism, which means that it's difficult for him to recognize social cues, so he spent a lot of time in his "own little world."

He accepted Christ when he was 12 because he was a preacher's kid and didn't want to go to hell. He's realized as he's deepened his relationship with Christ that being a Christian isn't just about not going to hell; it's about growing in Christ and loving Him. Now, as an adult, Hansen is a radio host whose broadcast affords him the opportunity to share the Gospel. "I know God has taken somebody who is so skeptical and socially awkward and put him in a place where he gets to speak for Him," Hansen says, "and I think it's because of my weaknesses honestly, and I am aware of it every day."

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How will you use your weaknesses to glorify God?

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