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Series: Saints Gone Wild
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Last month, a group of American tourists embarked on a Carnival Cruise Line tour. In Costa Rica, a dozen senior citizens got off the ship to take a bus tour. After sightseeing at a local beach, the seniors' tour bus was held up by three assailants, armed with a gun and a knife. One of the men, a 70-year-old retired member of the U.S. military, overpowered one of the three muggers-who was 20-years old-by placing him in a headlock/sleeper hold. The young man never woke up from it. The other senior citizens likewise began defending themselves, causing the remaining two accomplices to flee for their lives.
Sometimes the most unlikely people use the most unusual means to protect and preserve others. I would like to suggest that this is true of the preaching ministry of the local church. The ministry of preaching is conducted by unlikely people through an unusual means to protect and preserve God's people. Thus, preaching Jesus Christ is one of the foundational tasks of the church. Few Christians will disagree that preaching is essential. After hearing this statement, most Christians will nod their head in agreement and offer up an internal "Amen." But immediately thereafter, a yawn will slip out and most Christians will quickly tune out. This occurs because most of us don't consider ourselves preachers. Yet, the sobering reality is that God calls all of us to be preachers of Jesus Christ (see Rom 10:14).
In our last two sermons in the book of 1 Corinthians (1:18-25, 1:26-31), Paul has demonstrated that God deliberately chooses foolish and weak methods and messengers to shame those who are wise and strong. Now in 1 Cor 2:1-5, Paul uses himself as a prime example of foolishness and weakness. In these five verses, we will learn that the effectiveness of the preacher and the preaching lies in one's dependence on God's power. However, if this is to be realized we m ...
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