July 10, 2005

Sunday's Sermon

What more fitting a post for a Sunday than a sermon from the Word. I don't have to add nor take away a single word from this, as the Word of God speaks for itself. We had a guest preacher today who was really awesome. I like to hear preachers who don't mince words, and who can recite verses without hesitation... and especially those who are not afraid to "get in your face" about the truth of God's Word (no matter how hard it is to hear). Too many churches and preachers these days are just full of fluff and feel-good stuff. The meat of God's Word is not for the faint of heart.

Kev and I started the weekend out (especially this morning) in a rotten mood because of our circumstances with the sale of the house not going through. After a good dose of the Word in our worship service this morning, though, we both were set right. It is amazing how God's word is like sunshine - melting butter and hardening concrete. I have no idea where that saying came from, but it is very true.

The verses below are from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31:

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."


Bible verses taken from the New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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