The Message

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified…And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:17-18, 2:1-5 (NKJV)

All preachers today should review this passage regularly in order to keep the goal of their preaching in the forefront, which is “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (v. 2:2). Paul assures/reminds us that “the message of the cross…to us being saved is the power of God” (1:18). This model of preaching should not be made “with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (v. 2:4). Furthermore, those who hear this word develops a faith rooted “in the power of God,” not “in the wisdom of men” (v. 2:5).  This, my friends, is an unshakeable faith that is ready to endure whatever trial or tribulation may come.

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