Coming Together With One Message

Chapter 2 of 1 Corinthians reveals the one message that binds followers of Christ together. IMG_0621

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.

And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, NASB

The young inexperienced, untrained, preacher wanted to run and hide. His calling was from God. He hadn’t sought this task. To speak in front of others gave him lock jaw. What would he say to the familiar faces staring back at him expecting some profound word from the Lord? How or where would he begin? He ran to the senior pastor before services began.

“I don’t know what to say. God’s not given me a message.”

The wizened older man laid his hand on the young preacher’s bible. “You have a whole Bible.” The older minister patted the bible. “Preach it.”

There was no place to run.

The young preacher stood in good company. The second chapter of Corinthians opens telling us Paul experienced trembling fear when he went to the Corinthian church. He didn’t consider himself an eloquent speaker. He feared, though he knew the power of God went before him. The bottom line – he still went and God used him in his weakness so the Corinthians’ “faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

Not all of us are called to be preachers, evangelists, or pastors. But all of us are called to be witnesses of the gospel of Christ, beginning with what we know.

“For I determined to know nothing among you

except Jesus Christ,

and Him crucified.” 2:2

Later in the fifteenth chapter Paul gives us a crash course on the gospel of Christ.

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you,

  • which also you received,
  • in which also you stand,
  • by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received,

  • that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
  • and that He was buried,
  • and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1-4)

Some find sharing Christ with others the same terrifying experience the young preacher felt. Some will wait until the opportunity arises and walk timidly. Others’ first words begin with, “Do you know Jesus loves you?” Sharing the gospel isn’t about our different personalities. It is about the wisdom and power of God in us to enable us to complete the task He has called us to. In the book of Acts, Luke shares Jesus’ words to his followers –

“but you shall receive power

when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,

and you shall be My witnesses …” 1:8

The young preacher did what the older minister advised. If I remember correctly, he began at the beginning – Genesis 1:1, proceeded to John 1:1, and ended with a verse in Revelation. I’m guessing it was 22:20 in hope it would be fulfilled before he had to stand before the congregation. It says –

“He who testifies to these things says,

‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

It took the young man about seven minutes to complete. Over the forty-five years he has been preaching, you would never guess he stood trembling in fear that day. He has learned God is faithful, and it’s only by His power and wisdom the word accomplishes what He sends it to do. His messages have more content, but the theme remains the same. He, like Paul, determined a long time ago,

“to know nothing among you

except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”

For Thought: Someone told you about Jesus. Who will you tell?

Today’s Reading: 1Corinthians 2:9-16, with attention given to 9,10,16. The gospel of Christ laid veiled in the Old Testament until revealed by his first coming. What do 1 Corinthians 2:1-4 and 15:1-4 reveal about the gospel? How might this knowledge encourage you as you witness to others?

A Prayer for You: Father, You have revealed your plan for all in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Give us understanding, wisdom, and knowledge to share it in your power and wisdom, that others will see truth and be saved. As come together with one message, may we go out in your power to share it in word and deed.

13 thoughts on “Coming Together With One Message

  1. Every time I do preach I do not sleep the night before and I am very nervous Sunday morning, however, I have learned to be constantly in prayer leading up to Sunday as well as being in prayer alone in the sanctuary for alone before the service begins.

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  2. I write better than I talk, so I’m thankful that God has blessed me with this gift to share the Good News through it. Thankful also for this post as it served as a reminder for me today.

    On another note, I haven’t been as consistent of late, but I hope that all’s well on your end. God’s peace.

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    1. Staying consistent is more about being and doing as God directs than it is about how often we do something. It is good to hear from you and hope you are doing well. If I remember right you were facing some challenges of your own. We have had a few here too. But God is faithful. God bless you with peace and health.

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      1. Amen! I’ll like to be more consistent on the blog, but it looks like I’ll be most likely heading for a break. Yes, I’m countering them one by one with God’s help. Amen! He certainly is.

        Thank you, my friend, and may He continue to bless and equip you for His work. Take care. 💙

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  3. You have been a good witness to the preacher’s start of journey, Donna. We must have faith in GOD who gives us the words to speak/write and the Godly wisdom/ideas to share, all for GOD’s ultimate glory! We must always be grateful to what GOD imparts in us that we are able to share with everyone. Blessings to you and your family!

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  4. Thank you Donna. Good teaching!

    Regarding your questions, first in reference to 1Corinthians 2:1-4, as it was on the Day of Pentecost, so was it the same with Paul’s personal Pentecost at Damascus. Ananias witnessed to him, prayed for him to receive back his sight, which he did, and also that he be filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul was then baptized in the Name of Jesus and at some point thereafter was filled with the Spirit of God and began witnessing and preaching the Gospel, proclaiming the Lord Jesus as the Messiah. In this we know the ministry of the Gospel includes “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” which was characteristic of Paul’s ministry and that of everyone else.

    In 1Corinthians 15:1-4, we again see the great power of the Gospel message in the resurrection of the Lord, which points to the spiritual resurrection of all real believers who apply the Gospel and eventually to their bodily resurrection as well. Salvation is a powerful event by the power of the Holy Spirit activated by the anointed witnessing and preaching of the Gospel.

    So glad the young minister answered the call and did so in the correct humble manner. This reminds me of a story I heard long ago in which the best young preacher-to-be in his class who was determined to take the world by storm bounded up to the pulpit in his first opportunity to preach in a real service. When he got there he was suddenly struck wordless and had to descend in shame. A second young man, not so well thought of, went up to preach in his turn and began very humbly and unsure of himself but with the correct attitude. He was suddenly anointed and delivered a great Word.

    When the first young man returned to the front pew thoroughly humiliated, his older and wiser Shepherd told him, “If you had gone up there the way you came down, you could have come down the way you went up.”

    Blessings to you

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