1 Corinthians 1:10–31

September 24, 2014

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When we seek human power in ministry, we ape the world. But in the message of the cross, we are humbled and God’s work is exalted.

The Problem: Divisions in the Church, Following Human Leaders (vv. 10–17)

The Answer: God’s Method in Ministry (vv. 18–31)

The Message of the Cross Befuddles Human Attempts to Know God (vv. 18–24)

  • This is by design (v. 19).
  • This is evidenced by the absence of some people (v. 20).
  • Jews want signs to evaluate; Greeks want philosophy to contemplate (v. 22).
  • It comes in a form they cannot accept (v. 23).

The Message of the Cross Makes Brilliant God’s Work in Those who Believe (vv. 24–25).

  • Those whom God calls see Him as powerful and embrace the cross as God’s master stroke (v. 24).
  • They show God’s wisdom and power are greater than man’s petty foolishness (v. 25).

The Message of the Cross Illustrates Our Humbleness (vv. 26–31).

  • God shames the things our hearts often crave. Why would we pursue ministry according to those things that God’s Gospel nullifies?
  • We are humbled; God’s work is exalted through his message.

Bible References

  • 1 Corinthians 1:10 - 31