Conquering Through the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18
Would you open the word of God to First Corinthians chapter one and we will begin our reading in verse eighteen. I don't know of a book that's more applicable to our lives and to modern day Christians than the book of First Corinthians and so that's what we're going to be studying. Today our topic is and the title of our message is Conquering through the Cross.
First Corinthians chapter one, verse eighteen, "for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jew require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block and unto the Greeks foolishness, but unto them which are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men."
Off the south coast of China some pilgrims and some harbor settlers once built a massive cathedral and this cathedral was a place where they worshipped and enjoyed worshipping until a typhoon came through and destroyed that cathedral and proved that it was stronger than the work of men's hands. Only the front wall of that great cathedral was left standing and on that front wall was a huge bronze cross. Sir John Bowing was shipwrecked off the coast of China and despaired for his life and as he was clinging to a piece of the ship he floated closer and closer to the shore until finally he saw that cross there, that standing on the ruins of that old building. Silhouetted against the sky he saw the cross and that cross spoke to him of safety and spoke to him of security because he knew that he was nearing the shore.
Later that same man wrote in the cross of Christ I glory, trying ore the rex of time all the light of sacred story, gathered round it's head. And I want us today just to glory in the cross a little bit.
Three things I want you to learn about the cross of Jesus Christ. First of all, the work of the cross, secondly, the word of the cross, thirdly, the way of the cross. What is the work of the cross? Look in verse eighteen again will you please. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Now, look at that phrase unto us which are saved. Look at it very carefully because may I tell you friend, that it could be and should be translated, unto us who are being saved, unto us who are being saved. Now, that's very important that you understand t ...
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