The Message of the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
INTRO: How many of you would have come just for the music this morning, hold your hand up? Well amen, but you've still got to stay for the preaching. And so, I want you to take God's Word and I want you to be finding in the New Testament, the book of 1st Corinthians if you will. And 1st Corinthians comes right before what? 2nd Corinthians, that's right. 1st Corinthians chapter 1, and we're going to be studying verses 18-25 this morning and I want to follow up on what my friends, Brother's Keeper, just sang about. I want to talk to you for a few minutes this morning on "The Message Of The Cross." The message of the cross.
Look there in 1st Corinthians chapter 1 or if you don't have a Bible, you can follow along on the screen, Paul says, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (That is one of the greatest verses in all of the Bible.) 19 For it is written, (And he's quoting here Isaiah 29:14) I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (In other words, the very best that man has to give in his secular thoughts God will bring to nothing.) 20 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? (Now, if you are a preacher, you love verse 21.) 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of (And you can translate it preacher or the message preached ) preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, ( In other words a miracle.) and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, (Talking about called to salvation.) both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God ...
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