The Folly or Power of the Message we Believe (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

Tony FelichTony Felich, January 27, 2013
Part of the Exposition of I Corinthians series, preached at a Morning Worship service

People have one of two perspectives on the “Word of the Cross” given in the Bible.
A. The Word of the Cross is the message of salvation for sinners through Christ.
B. The Word of the Cross is utterly foolish to those who do not believe.
C. The Word of the Cross is the power and wisdom of God for those who believe.
D. What is your perspective on the “Word of the Cross”?


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1 Corinthians 1:18-25

18 For the word of the cross is folly 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,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (ESV)

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