Supernatural Or Superficial? by Adrian Rogers

Supernatural Or Superficial?
Adrian Rogers

I want you to take your bibles now and open if you will please to Second Corinthians chapter two, Second Corinthians chapter two. The title of our message, SUPERNATURAL OR SUPERFICIAL. We're going to be talking to you about how to have a real knowledge of God. You see, the congregation this morning there are two categories of persons. There are those who are supernatural and there are those who are superficial. There are those who know God and they're supernatural. There are those who know about God and they're superficial. You see, it's not enough to have a knowledge of God. You can be orthodox, you can know all of the facts of the gospel and die and go to hell because you do not know God. You're just superficial, you have a superficial knowledge of the things of God. I want to read to you here in the first five verses. And I brethren when I came to you came not with excellency of speech or wisdom declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determine not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified and I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Now, there are two kinds of wisdom. There's human wisdom and heavenly wisdom and today I want to use a very simple outline, a two point outline and I want to speak to you about the deficiency of human wisdom and the sufficiency of heavenly wisdom. Ok? I think we can all understand the outline though the message itself may be a little convoluted, at least we'll get the outline which is the deficiency of man's wisdom and the sufficiency of heavenly wisdom Now, Paul just jumps right in and he tells us what is wrong with human wisdom. He says as a matter of fact in the scripture that I just read, he said when I came to speak to you I didn't try to be a great orator, I didn't try to be a great logician, I didn't try to come with uh, swelling words of persuasiveness, he said, as a matter of fact, I was scared to death. I was frightened. I was with you in weakness and trembling and fear. You say what on earth scared Paul? Well, Paul was afraid that those who were listening to him might have their faith not in the Lord, but in Paul and in Paul's message. You see, it would be possible for you today to understand the message I preach and still not know the Lord. It would be possible for me, perhaps to persuade you to a certain course of action and yet you not be saved.

Now, it's not that I don't want to persuade you, I do want to persuade you. Paul said knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men, but I want to persuade you in the power of the holy spirit. You see, here is what Paul is saying, look, he says in verse four, and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of sp ...

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