Monday, October 11, 2010

NT75 Day 29: 1 Corinthians 1-4

Let me give a quick intro into the Corinthian letters for this week.  Corinth was a messed up place, lots of pagan influence, and seepage into the church of Jesus there.  Thus, Paul expresses dismay and often quotes them asking questions before he answers (see, for instance, 1 Cor. 7.1 and other places).  So read and know that there are plenty of historical examples of "no perfect church."

As to today's content, I appreciate how unimpressive Paul is.  He didn't wear A&F or AE.  He didn't have a cool hat.  Faux hawk?  Nope.  Stylish retro glasses?  No.  He was pretty unimpressive and said as much about himself, being with them in "weakness and in fear and much trembling" (2.3).

But he preached Jesus.  And that is impressive to me.  Without lights, microphones, PowerPoint slides, or anything else we consider essential to modern-day preaching, he preached Christ and Him crucified.  He yielded himself to the Spirit, depending on Him to get the work done.

We pray pretty often around our office the recognition that we cannot assemble enough talent in any room to advance the Kingdom.  True for Paul.  True for Trent.

But when I get out of the way, faith rests on the power of God, not the wisdom (or the entertainment) of men.

But that's just me thinking thoughts...

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