“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
In an era of endless books, podcasts, blogs, YouTube videos and lectures, there is an innumerable amount of fascinating stories and theories out there for our consumption. They can be entertaining, thought-provoking, and even challenging, but at the end of the day, how many of these resources address our greatest needs? The question then becomes, if they aren’t addressing our greatest needs, what good are they on their own?
When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, the city of Corinth was one of the greatest cities of Greece, so it’s safe to assume many in the church had a Greek worldview which highly valued human wisdom and philosophy. Knowing what he was up against, Paul bypassed trying to outdo the rhetoric of the culture, and instead got straight to the point of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This was Paul’s approach because he realized that even if his presentation wasn’t as entertaining or intellectually stimulating as the philosophers of his day, his message contained something no one else’s did - the answer to our greatest needs.
The answer to all of our greatest needs is found in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The cross tells us who our God is; loving, compassionate, gracious and merciful. The cross also tells us who we are; chosen, sanctified and redeemed. So often we’re concerned with how to make the message of the cross more interesting or relevant, but Paul is telling us that the message of the cross is enough the way it is. The cross isn’t another wise teaching or interesting story, it is the power and wisdom of God. Therefore, instead of being concerned with how to share the message of the cross, let’s ask the Lord to give us the opportunities to simply share the message of the cross.
Join us Sunday morning as we open 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 for a message titled “The Main Thing”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!