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October 30, 2013, 1:50 PM

The Foolishness of Preaching

It is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."  Where is the one who is wise?  Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Cor. 1:19-25 ESV).

The "foolishness" of preaching.  Ah, yes.  I think of this quite often, particularly on those Sundays where there seems to be tumbleweed blowing through the sanctuary.  There ARE better things to do on Sundays.  Sleep in.  Go to the park on a beautiful day.  Afterall, we don't HAVE to be in church to worship, now do we?  Preaching is just so lame when we compare it to the wide range of superior communication available out there.  Most of the preachers in the pulpit today are just so-so communicators.  They preach because that is all they know how to do.  It is all they want to do.  Weird people!

But really.  Think about it.  Preachers proclaim that God has spoken.  These words of God are written down in a book.  More incredible.  Still.  The words of God written say (unashamedly) that God became one of us.  He lived among us.  He died for our sins.  He conquered the grave.  He lives forevermore while making intercession for us.  He sent His Holy Spirit to convict us of sin and to open the eyes of our hearts that we might believe in Him.  Big, Big Picture!  What God started in the Garden of Eden will find final fulfillment in the New Heavens and New Earth when He comes back again.  That's when 1 Corinthians 15 says that God will be all in all.

I get paid to stand up each Sunday and tell you about that stuff.  Sometimes, it is done well.  Sometimes, it flops like a tattered flag on a windless day.  Often, I have to remind myself that I work for God; particularly when we are low in numbers.  (Don't believe any preacher who says they aren't emotionally impacted by Sunday turnout.  We are, after all, sinners just like you!)  However.  It is not my message.  It is His message.  How mind blowing it is that He entrusts this precious message to silly human messengers!

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