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The Foolishness and Power of the Cross     

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

 
From 1 Corinthians chapter one, I want to highlight two things. 1. The dilemma of the Gospel and 2. the plight of the unbeliever. v18-19 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. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
 
Here’s the dilemma of the Gospel: To those who most desperately need this message of personal forgiveness, freedom, and transformation, the message appears to them as utter foolishness. This message is the power of God. It has the power to radically transform a life; yet every day, we’re surrounded by people who with mockery would say, “You don’t really believe that stuff?”
 
There are two things to say to you about this dilemma of the Gospel.
1. You and I must guard this treasure in our own hearts. Our hearts have been opened to truth and power. We must not be embarrassed at this message.  
2. Paul never says we should abandon this message for a more marketable message. We must retain an allegiance to the clarity and truthfulness of the Gospel, as sharp as those edges may be.
 
The cross exposes the inadequacy of human wisdom. We’re confronted with the plight of the unbeliever. His lens on all that is, is his own wisdom. He’s got no other tool. That’s why he asks these rhetorical questions: v20,21 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 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.
 
The plight is that I’m seeking to understand life, and my only lens I have on life is my own wisdom.
Genesis 3:1-6: Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
 
Adam and Eve were not created to figure out life independently. They were created as dependent human beings. Eve is seeking a possibility of wisdom that doesn’t depend on God. Scripture teaches us that wisdom is not an outline, or a theology, or a book; Wisdom is a Person, and His name is Jesus. Colossians 2:3, “In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” And you receive wisdom; as you are drawn by God’s grace into a personal relationship with the One who is Wisdom. You get wisdom by adoption, by relationship, to the One who is wise.
 
Paul strengthens his argument; v 22 and 23. "Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles". 

I was created to be dependent on revelation! And that’s actually argued in this passage; verse 18, it’s says, “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.” Look at verse 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..” Verse 24, “…but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God..”
 
Three times Paul is arguing God must act in divine revelation to open your eyes to illumine you to the truth. God has to break through and help you to see what, apart from your grace, His grace, you would never see. Now, here’s what this means.

We must never mock, and put down the unbeliever. We must never be harshly critical and judgemental of his arrogance and his foolishness. Because, we too, are fools apart from that grace.
We must guard, as believers, against the pride of knowledge as if we’ve achieved this wisdom on our own. What we’ve been given is an undeserved gift.
 
Verse 25, if with all of Paul’s discussion of the inadequacy of human wisdom to grasp the glorious message of the Gospel, he ends this way, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength”. He’s not saying God is foolish, but if he was capable of being foolish, His most foolish moment would be infinitely wiser than your most stunning moment of wisdom. His weakest would be infinitely more powerful than your most amazing moment of strength.
 
What should you do as a result of hearing these truths?
First, right now, you should be celebrating grace because we, too, would be looking at the cross, and we would be saying, “You don’t actually want me to believe that do you?”
apart from the operation of God’s grace.
Second thing, we ought to respond with a great sense of personal motivation.
Are you seeking to build relationships with people, looking for that opportunity to begin to proclaim this life-transforming message?
Third thing, can you speak to individuals of the message of the Gospel with clarity and biblical consistency?
 
We need vision, we need to look at our world and see it as it is, and our hearts need to be broken. We need to make a commitment to be part of what God is doing in our towns, to look for opportunities to speak this message, even if rejected, because it is the power of God. We need to sharpen our skills for ministry so we can engage people with the truths of the Gospel!
Baby Sensory Classes
 
Classes run in the Mossvale Hall on Tuesdays at 10am 11.30am and 1.30pm
and must be prebooked. 

Check out their website to enquire about attending. 
www.babysensory.com
The Freedom Programme

Facilitated by Lynn Smillie of No Feart, a CIC set up to help address the issue of domestic violence. 

For details email
Lynn Smillie at info@nofeart.org
or phone 07706754817
Slimming World

with Danielle 07851369599

In the Mossvale Hall on Thursday evenings at 5.30pm & 7.30pm 
Ready Steady Play 

Free Parent & Child Play Sessions provided by Childcare First in the Mossvale Hall every Friday from 1.00pm.

visit www.childcarefirst.com.
13th January 2020


THIS WEEK

MONDAY

PRAYER & PRAISE
7.00pm

TUESDAY

ABIDE
PRAYER AND
DEVOTIONAL MEETING

9.00am

THE MOSSY CAFE
10am - 2.30pm

BABY SENSORY 
CLASSES

10am|11.30am|1.30pm
WEDNESDAY

THE MOSSY CAFE
10am - 2.30pm

SEWING2GETHER ALL NATIONS
Sharing Lives
Sharing Languages
10am - 1.00pm
THURSDAY

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP
9.45am

THE FREEDOM PROGRAMME
1.00pm - 3.00pm

SLIMMING WORLD
5.30pm | 7.30pm

W2W CORE LEADERS MEETING
7.00pm
FRIDAY

FUNERAL OF
NAN MCPARLAND

10.00am

THE MOSSY CAFE
10am - 2.30pm

READY STEADY PLAY
1.00pm

IGNITE YOUTH GROUP
7.30pm
SUNDAY

THE MOSSY CAFE
9.30am and
after the service

PRAYER MEETING
10.30am

SUNDAY SERVICE / KIDS CONNECTION
11.15am
Devotional
Prayer Meeting
Restarts 9.00am
Tuesday 14th January
in the Group Room.

Sewing2gether All Nations
Sharing Lives
Sharing Languages

A weekly Sewing Workshop for English language learners to practice conversational English in a supportive environment.
We provide practical support for asylum seekers, refugees and new Scots.

A prayer meeting for the nation of Burkina Faso
and the work of Acacia Partnership Trust is held on the first Saturday
of each month in the Mossy Cafe at 9.30am. 




 
Pray for unity in 
the body of Christ
so that we will glorify God and so the world would know that God sent Jesus.

Street Connect is a Christian charity who reach out to and support disadvantaged and marginalised people, bringing them hope for a brighter and more fulfilling future. Their aim is to support and offer hope to individuals who are homeless, dealing with addictions, suffering mental health issues or experiencing social isolation, including people in prison or those with past convictions. 

They now have a drop-in café every Thursday in the Holy Trinity Church, Bishop’s Court, Paisley, PA3 2AF and would love for you to come in and see what they are doing. They are there every Thursday morning from 9.30 for prayer and then drop-in is from 10 am - 1 pm. They also run a Recovery Group from 1.30 - 3.00 pm for those who want to go further in their recovery.   

To find out more visit www.streetconnect.co.uk

Welcome to our latest regular hall users:
Care Visions Fostering. 

Their foster carers will be receiving regular support and training here at Mossvale. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer they would love to tell you more about it.
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