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Wisdom and the Power of God (5 of 30)
Series: The Book of 1 Corinthians
I Corinthians 2:1-8
July 28, 2004
1. Throughout our last few lessons, Paul has been stressing the importance of following Christ over following men--there was division in the church concerning certain leaders--Apollos, Paul and Chepas. Additionally, they were listening to the philosophy and wisdom of the world, rather than the wisdom of God (1:22). Finally, Paul reminds them of the importance of the message of the cross (1:18).
2. This evening we pick up our study in chapter 2, with
Paul's discourse on the wisdom of God and His power, verses man's feeble attempt to doing anything in his own strength and wisdom. I have three points:
I. Paul's Speech
II. Paul's Message
III. Paul's Faith
I. PAUL'S SPEECH (VS. 1)
A. He recognized his inadequacy (vs. 3)
1. Each time I stand before you I am reminded of
my inadequacy and my inability. I consider it a profound privilege to be called by God to lead a congregation and to address things of eternal value.
QUOTE: The following is a quote I have taped in the flyleaf of my Bible:
"If you are called by God to be a pastor, your authority is that He called you, not your perfection or brilliance. If your authority comes from pretending to be more than you are, that is the source of stress. I am not adequate to be the pastor here or anywhere else. But I have been called by God to be here, and this people have called me, so I go on."
2. This is the way Paul felt--he felt inadequate. I believe the first step on the ladder to great Christian leadership and success--for any man, is in first recognizing one's inability to do anything on his own for the kingdom of God.
a. When a person gets to the place where he feels his abilities and his communication skills are strung on silver threads, I believe he becomes so much "sounding brass and tinkling cymbal."
B. He reflected ...
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