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        October 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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        October 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Psalm 121:1–8ESV

  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  • Before The Throne Of God
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    1 Corinthians 1:18–2:5 NIV
    18 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. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 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? 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. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
    In this section of Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth, Paul says the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, or it is the power of God to those are being saved.
    That is the theme of this sections. In the section we covered last week Paul was expanding on that idea. As he compared God’s wisdom to man’s foolishness.
    In Paul’s day people were seeking after wisdom, and last week I mentioned Ted Talk speakers. They are filled with great speaking skill and wisdom.
    Well this week we are going to bring up a whole other class of speakers, the motivational speakers. There are a lot of great motivational speakers, and there speeches that have a great impact on millions worldwide.
    Maybe you have heard of Tony Evans, or Zig Ziglar, or Dave Ramsey, Les Brown. These speakers get paid big money too. For instance, a woman named Mel Robbins a CNN personality gets about $50,000 per appearance.
    Then there are the coaches and sports figures, that are great motivators, and give great speeches. Magic Johnson is a very popular speaker, as is Tony Dungee. ANd Bethany Hamilton gets between 30-40,000 dollars for a keynote speech. She overcame incredible odds. She lost her arm in a shark attack and even with one arm she is a world class surfer.
    People can overcame a great deal, and these motivational speakers , can help people. They have one thing in common. They help us to dig down deep inside, and find the courage, the strength, the motivation and to become the people we want to be.
    They are way for us to find our inner strength, or motivation. There are great helpful ways to stay motivated. There are helpful posts on facebook for instance. We can save those posts and look at them and be ready to attack the day. Or there are T-shirts, and of course music can be a great motivated. This is all good stuff. I like that stuff too.
    A lot of people mistake Christianity for that. It happens, people don;t mean to do that but we are used to all that motivational stuff, which is good, and so we think Christianity must be even better, and we use Christianity to try and be a better version of themselves.
    We use sayings or Bible verses as a motivational tool. We come to Church to be motivated by a preacher to try harder. Maybe, we get the rubber band for our wrist WWJD. Right? We struggle through the week and we look for more motivation the next week.
    Is that it? Is there a difference between Christianity and a good motivational program? Or what if you are weak like me? I can’t follow those things, I am not very good at them. I do not have a lot of willpower or discipline. I try but I fail. Maybe that is what God is after right?
    Is God sitting there saying well He posted some really good ones things on Facebook earlier this week, but later in the week He didn’t even log on. Maybe he will get himself out of Bed to go Church.
    Is that it? Well let’s take a look.
    1 Corinthians 1:26 NIV
    26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
    Brothers and Sisters Paul writes. This is important-he is talking to the Church. Now when I say Church I mean just the ones who are saved. The ones in verse 18 who the message of the cross is the power of God. Just those not everyone. See, I think people mistakingly believe that everyone that comes in the building, or everyone that comes to worship, or everyone who is on the membership roles, are among the saved. That is just not true.
    Church buildings, and Church membership roles, are filled with people who do not see the message of the cross as the power of God. So, to those who are being saved, are the Brothers and Sisters.
    To those who are being saved-Think Back-Think back to WHO YOU WERE, when you were called.
    Again remember last week, we said the preacher does the preaching, and God does the calling. Think back to when God called you. Think back to who you were.
    Now, you may say, well I was Joe , or I was Laura when I was called, and I am still Joe or Laura. That may mean that you did not respond to God’s call. God does not leave those he calls the same.
    Look what Paul writes later in this letter, in Chapter 6, about who these people were.
    1 Corinthians 6:9–10 ESV
    9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
    That is what the people in the Corinthian Church WERE. Look at the next verse.
    1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV
    11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
    ANd that is what some of you WERE> SO think back to what you were, think back what passions ruled your hearts? Money? sex? power? pride? prejudice? Self-righteousness. That is what you WERE----
    BUT-Wow I love that word! BUT....
    YOU were washed- that means cleansed from the past sins. You WERE Sanctified-That is made HOLY or set apart for God, and you were JUSTIFIED or called JUST IN the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God-OR by the HOLY Spirit. It was the HOLY SPIRIT that acts on your heart, when you heard the CALL of God.
    Back to 1 Cor 1.26
    1 Corinthians 1:26 NIV
    26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
    Think back to who you were when you were called. Remember those days? Days when God made no sense, when you would be rather doing anything else than worshipping God,
    In those days you were not wise, you were not kings, you were not influential. Maybe you are thinking-wait a minute Pastor are you saying that Influential people, rich people, noble people don;t get called?
    Really all those rich people? God doesn’t call them ever? Well, to be honest with you, it is REALLY REALLY HARD.
    Jesus himself said.in Matthew 19.23
    Matthew 19:23–24 NIV
    23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
    This concerned people and rightly so...
    Matthew 19:25–26 NIV
    25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
    So it is possible but it seems really really hard. See the rich and noble and influential have it all together. They are the ones giving the motivational talks, they don’t go motivational talks.
    Throughout the Bible God comes to those who need HIm. Jesus says I came to what proclaim. freedom for the captives, so the blind will see the deaf twill hear.
    Jesus said come to me all you are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Jesus said the meek will inherit the earth. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Jesus said I am the bread of life,
    He comes to the women at the well, the women bleeding for 12 years. The sick the dyingThe widow in our first text in 1 Kings, she was out of food.
    He came to Paul who was a murder. Can he come to the rich and influential, and noble. Absolutely with God all things are possible, but...
    If If you don’t need Christ, you don;t need to be here listening to a preacher.
    So think back who were you? I can remember who I was. You all have heard my story a million times. Can you remember who you were?
    1 Corinthians 1:27 NIV
    27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
    But… there is that word again But God looked around and chose the weak things, like He chose Ruth and Esther and the prostitute Rahab. young David. Mary the girl pledged to be married. John the Baptist. He chose a woman caught in adultery, a Roman Soldier. Blind Bartemaues. Zaccheus.
    1 Corinthians 1:28 NIV
    28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,
    Why? Why does God do that? If He really wants to get his message out why not choose someone who has the power to communicate to the masses Why? the despised, and lowly and poor in spirit? Why those people?
    He calls the lowly and the despised things and the things that are not -TO NULLIFY the things that are.
    Nullify means to make legally NULL and VOID-To Cancel out. Jesus at the cross cancels or makes legally null and void who you were, and makes you new.
    Like the woman at the well. She became a new woman that day when she encountered Jesus. Those that are weary and tired, will get rest. Those that hunger for the bread of Life will never go hungry those that thirst will find a well of living water. Those that come to Him will find life abundantly
    He does it this way so that HE will get the glory.
    1 Corinthians 1:29 NIV
    29 so that no one may boast before him.
    See if we had a really great preacher up here, a really motivational speaker., Like say Tony EVans or something, if people were believing the gospel-It was because of How great Tony was. Or how much stamina or will power or how strong that group of St. Luker’s were. Wow those St. Luke people they can really put thier mind to it. They can pull themselves up by thier own bootstraps. That is good, nothing wrong with that, it just isn;t Biblical Christianity.
    If God saves the weak, and makes them strong, or the despised things and loves them, and if can make sinners Holy by His power, then everyone around must say Wow that qwas God, Isn;t God great great Isn’;t Jesus amazing. WOw what Jesus dod at the cross was so wonderful and powerful and awesome, Wow we love Jesus no one could have done what God did.
    1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV
    30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
    See. it is becasue of HIM that God the Father that you are IN Christ Jesus WHO as become for US wisdom from God.
    Really pay attention to the pronouns and prepostitions of this sentance, and realize what is saying Here.
    The only reason the saved are saved, is Becasue of God the Father. It is becasue of Him THAT YOU ARE IN Christ Jesus. IN Christ Jesus,-
    You were apart from outside of Christ Jesus, but now Becasue of God the Father you are IN CHriST Jesus something happened, You are now justified, you are in this GRACE in which you NOW STAND ROmans 5-1 and 2 parahrased.
    WHO HAS BECOME FOR US WISDOM FROM GOD THAT IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS HOLINESS AND REDEMPTION.
    Jesus is our wisdom and our rifghtousness and holiness and redemption. Jesus IS THIS FOR US> He is NOT our motivation.
    This is the whole point of the message. Jesus IS our strength. Jesus IS our WISDOM Jesus IS Our holinesss.
    He is not motivating us to somehow find it inside ourselves. If we are weak we got nothing. But Jesus is strong. He is the one who has it He is the one supplies it.
    Look at the story in our first reading. ELijah needed water Elijah didn;t muster up the courage in himself to get water. The water came from God. The widow..she was going to die, she said I can going to eat the last of the bread and die. she was dead. God nullified the things athat are her death and provided jer life. the flour, and it kept coming until the rain fell.
    Jesus is our strength. Jesus may not remove the storm, he may not calm the sea. He is NOT just the motivation for you to last through the storm. HE IS YOUR Strength and He will not fail.
    What does that look like? It looks like this.
    TRUST
    PRAY
    THINK BACK
    Trust- place your hand in His. Trust Jesus with your heart. Place your whole life in His hands, fully trusting Him to provide the strength you need in weakness.
    Pray- In order to fully trust you need to pray about your weakness, pray about your weakness in trusting Him. Pray about your worry and fear.
    Think Back- Brothers and sisters think back to who you were when you were called. If God can nullify the things are and make them into the things that are not-You can trust Him to keep doing it.
    Romans 5:1–5 NIV
    1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
      • 1 Corinthians 1:18–2:5ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 1:26ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 6:9–10ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 6:11ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 1:26ESV

      • Matthew 19:23–24ESV

      • Matthew 19:25–26ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 1:27ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 1:28ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 1:29ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 1:30ESV

      • Romans 5:1–5ESV

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