1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Talks for Growing Christians
Understanding the Message of the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Lesson Number 2
- The message of the cross is foolishness and powerless for the unbeliever.
- The message of the cross is the wisdom and power of God for the believer.
- If you're well off in this world, be glad for the letter "m."
- Let's boast in the Lord.
- What do we know about the ancient city of Corinth?
- Why is unity within the Church so crucial?
- What is the true message of the cross?
- Give at least two Old Testament examples of God making foolish the wisdom of the world.
- When is it okay to boast?
- Corinth was a pagan society which was characterized by idolatry and immorality. It was a port city and wealthy center of commerce, and the Corinthians were known for their loose living.
- Divisions and cliques within the Church fracture the visible body of Christ, tear down the testimony of Christ, and ultimately split the Church. Ephesians 4:3 says we must be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
- The message of the cross, properly understood, is a message of self-renunciation and dying to self and serving others. The Corinthian believers were putting too much emphasis on the wisdom and glory of man.
- The Tower of Babel and Israelís alliance with Egypt against Assyria.
- When you are boasting in the Lord!
- Discuss how a proper understanding of the message of the cross would eliminate the divisions in the church at Corinth and in any Christian fellowship today.
- The unbeliever thinks that the message of the cross is foolish and weak - he cannot understand it! Reflect on the message of the cross and salvation. Then take a few minutes to thank God for enlightening your mind to this truth.
- Are you glad that God doesn't say that not any wise, mighty, or noble people are called to salvation? He says not many. Thank Him for calling you.
- “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.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
- “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:25
- “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” 1 Corinthians 1:31