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1 The Foolishness of God 1st Corinthians for Beginners #1 Mike Mazzalongo

2 1st Corinthians

3 Athena 1st Corinthians

4 Jews-Well Trained In Moral/Religious Life Greeks- Trained In Greek Philosophy/Immoral Lifestyle 1st Corinthians

5 10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1st Corinthians 1:10

6 Trained Orators & Debaters were a social phenomena of the times. 1st Corinthians

7 By relying on the power of persuasion and debate to convince men to believe they took away the power of the cross of Christ to draw men to faith. 1st Corinthians

8 1. The Message Itself is Foolish 1Cor. 1:18-25 3 Reasons Why God’s Way Seems Foolish

9 18 For the word 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, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” 1st Corinthians 1:18-19

10 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1st Corinthians 1:20

11 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1st Corinthians 1:21

12 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1st Corinthians 1:22-24

13 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1st Corinthians 1:25

14 Faith Before Insight Belief Precedes Understanding Obedience First Rewards Second 1st Corinthians

15 1. The Message Was Foolish 2. The Messengers Were Foolish 1Cor. 1:26-29 3 Reasons Why God’s Way Seems Foolish

16 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 1st Corinthians 1:26-27

17 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 1st Corinthians 1:28-29

18 World Changers Use… - Power - Intelligence - “Religion” 1st Corinthians

19 Messengers Foolish Results Powerful 1st Corinthians

20 1. Message 2. Messenger 3. The Method was Foolish 1Cor. 1:30-31 3 Reasons Why God’s Way Seems Foolish

21 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” 1st Corinthians 1:30-31

22 Dr. Spock Playboy 1st Corinthians

23 The “Method” doesn’t appeal to man’s reason or feelings. 1st Corinthians

24 What we need to be saved is given “freely” to us because of our association with Christ through faith. 1st Corinthians

25 We are “foolish” because… Our message requires belief in what is unseen. 1st Corinthians

26 We are “foolish” because… Our Messengers are without influence, power or prestige. 1st Corinthians

27 We are “foolish” because… Our method requires total dependence on another. 1st Corinthians

28 For those who believe… -The unseen becomes real -The method removes fear -The hearers become messengers 1st Corinthians

29 Are You Foolish? 1st Corinthians

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