The message of the gospel is not stale or irrelevant. It’s not weak or powerless. Jesus is alive. He is there and He is not silent. He speaks to those who listen. And His word carries His authority.
The paradox here is that humility is a primary requirement for hearing God’s authoritative voice. Paul wrote that Jesus’ strength comes to its own in your weakness.
So like Revenge of the Nerds, the weaklings whisper Jesus’ words and win.
“Well, this is my third visit coming up. Remember the Scripture that says, “A matter becomes clear after two or three witnesses give evidence”? On my second visit I warned that bunch that keeps sinning over and over in the same old ways that when I came back I wouldn’t go easy on them. Now, preparing for the third, I’m saying it again from a distance. If you haven’t changed your ways by the time I get there, look out. You who have been demanding proof that Christ speaks through me will get more than you bargained for. You’ll get the full force of Christ, don’t think you won’t. He was sheer weakness and humiliation when he was killed on the cross, but oh, he’s alive now—in the mighty power of God! We weren’t much to look at, either, when we were humiliated among you, but when we deal with you this next time, we’ll be alive in Christ, strengthened by God.”
2 Corinthians 13:1-4 MSG