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Readings I Corinthians 1 

 

I am glad that someone else knew how to get power.

I do not feel comfortable around electricity, at least in the “raw” form.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NASB95)
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,
24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

 

Dear Children of God,

There are some things in life that you never quite feel fully prepared to do.  Like getting married.  Taking care of a baby.  Raising children.  Taking that high level class in school.  Eating your first chocolate chip cookie.  (Just seeing if you are paying attention.)  You can think of other situations that you feel very inadequate in.   

What about sharing the Gospel?  It seems that many people feel inadequate to share their faith. 

 Check out these passages in I Corinthians and in Philippians.

1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (NASB95)
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NASB95)
1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,
4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Philippians 1:3-5 (NASB95)
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,
5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

These two passages remind me of two things.

The sharing of the Gospel didn’t depend on Paul’s clever presentation, but on the power of God, through the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, in Philippians we see that it doesn’t take years of preparation or study to be used to share the Gospel.  It began on day one, for the Philippians.

So where does that leave you and me? 

We need the Spirit of God with the Word of God, and we begin today.

Love,

Steve

Check out these two web sites for some encouragement on how you can share the Gospel.  Yet, do not forget that the Word of God, and the Spirit of God is all you need.  Simply make yourself available and see God at work.  

www.sharejesuswithoutfear.com/templates/System/default.asp?id=27043  

www.wayofthemaster.com/index.shtml

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