1 CORINTHIANS 2

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1 Corinthians 2:1-5

PREACHING PATTERN

 

This is how Paul preached the Gospel.

 

PAUL’S DEFERMENT – Vs. 1 - And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

 

Paul deferred from speaking in his own excellent speech of wisdom.   

 

PAUL’ S DETERMINATION – Vs. 2 - For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

 

PAUL’S DISPOSITION – Vs. 3 - And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

 

PAUL’S DECLARATION – Vs. 4 - And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

 

PAUL’S DESIGN – Vs. 5 - That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

 

 

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1 Corinthians 2:1-5

PAUL, THE EVANGELIST

 

HIS PREACHING Vs. 1

HIS PLAN Vs. 2

HIS PRESENCE Vs. 3

HIS PERFORMANCE Vs. 4

HIS PURPOSE Vs. 5

 

 

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1 Corinthians 2:1-8

COMMUNICATING THE ANSWER

 

Everyone who speaks clearly is a communicator.

Some people are very good communicators.

Other people do not seem to be able to express themselves as well.

This world is full of problems caused by sin. Isaiah 64:6

The answer to the world's sin problem is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

Faith in Him brings eternal life (John 3:16-18, John 3:36).

It is the Christian's job to communicate the answer of the Gospel to a lost and dying world (Matthew 28:19,20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15).

One of the greatest communicators of the Gospel was the Apostle Paul.

He gives us some ideas of how to communicate the Gospel in our text.

 

MINDSET - Vss. 1-2

In order to effectively do anything one needs a proper mindset.  We need to think correctly and be determined to accomplish a specific goal.

When Paul went to Corinth he didn't go as a tremendous orator or great human wisdom (Vs. 1).

He went in order to communicate the testimony or message of God (Vs. 1)

Paul's mindset was to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul knew that Christ was the answer. His whole goal was to communicate the crucified Christ to these People (Vs. 2).

Actually, this was not only Paul's mindset for preaching, but for everything he did (Galatians 6:14).

 

We fail to communicate the Gospel effectively because we segregate the cross from the rest of our lives.  Communicating the cross to others is only a small section of our lives. With Paul, it was the vital part of his life! He gloried in the cross! May we do the same!

 

METHOD - Vss. 3-5

What method did Paul use to communicate the cross?

First of all, Paul shows he was just like us. Verse 3 tells us that he tended towards being weak, fearful and scared!

Secondly, we see that Paul did not use man's wisdom (Vs.4). Man's wisdom did not save Paul, so he didn't use it. Instead Paul demonstrated the Spirit and power of God! Paul depended on God's strength to enable him to communicate the cross. May we be equally dependent on God! The faith of those we are reaching must be in the power of God, not the wisdom of men (Vs. 5).

 

MESSAGE - Vss. 6-8

Paul spoke a message of wisdom to those who were perfect (mature, complete) in Christ.

But it was not the wisdom of this world that Paul communicated (Vs. 6)

The wisdom of God is a mystery to this world (Vs. 7).

If the leaders of this world had understood God's wisdom, they would have never crucified Christ (Vs. 8).

We must make sure that the message we communicate is God's wisdom of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-24). This message will bring people to maturity.

 

 

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1 Corinthians 2:9-3:7

TALE OF THREE MEN

 

There are three types of men mentioned in this passage.

 

THE SPIRITUAL MAN RECEIVES UNDERSTANDING - 2:9-13, 15-16

 

THE NATURAL (UNSAVED) MAN IS REFUSED UNDERSTANDING - 2:14

 

THE CARNAL MAN IS RESTRICTED IN UNDERSTANDING - 3:1-7

The carnal man is saved, but is limited in understanding because he is not allowing the Spirit of God to control him. According to vs. 3, men are carnal when there is "envying, and strife, and divisions" among them.

 

 

 

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