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Living Life

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  • January 2018
2018. 1. 7 | Whose Power? (1 Corinthians 2:1~9)         Speakers Daniel Park

1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,
5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" --

 

 

Reflection

The Simplicity of the Gospel (2:1–9)

Unlike the many polished orators of that time, Paul did not come to the church in Corinth with wise and eloquent speech so that he could talk people into following Jesus. Relying on God’s power instead of his own, Paul presented the Gospel as an invitation for the Corinthians to follow an all-knowing God instead of a knowledgeable teacher. In our age, we may be tempted to believe that we must have all the answers to every question in order to bring people to faith in Christ. Paul reminds us, however, of the simplicity of the Gospel and the power of God. The Gospel itself has the power to bring salvation. We are merely God’s vessels, the conduit through which He works.

 

Take time today to thank God for the simplicity of the Gospel. Thank Him specifically for all the ways the Gospel has transformed you and changed the course of your life.

 

 

A letter to God 

The Unreached
The Tujia are the eighth largest ethnic minority in China, and the majority of Tujia practice ethnic religions. Today it is estimated that there are only around 13,000 to 30,000 Tujia Christians. Pray that God would raise up local believers who will share Christ with the Tujia.

 

 

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