Day 11 p. 117-126
In this passage, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth, a body of believers whom Paul had led to Christ and then taught for over a year. Paul addresses several areas of concern with the church; one particular concern is that some of the believers are quarreling with each other over which teacher they prefer to follow. Paul reminds them that we are all to follow Christ and Christ alone, that their teacher did not die for them, and that they were not baptized in the name of their teacher. Most interesting to me in this section are the honest declarations that Paul makes about his own preaching; that he did not come to them with eloquence or human wisdom, that he came to them in weakness with great fear and trembling, and that he did not use wise and persuasive words. No one came to Christ because of Paul’s great teaching, but because “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” Paul preached the simple truth of the Gospel, which was “Jesus Christ and him crucified,” and God took it from there. “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus.”
At this point in the life of our church, we are about to embark on a new journey, one that will include a greater emphasis on missions and evangelism, one that will encourage more of us to go and tell. Many of us, myself included, may feel that we are not able to share with eloquence, or with wisdom, or with persuasive words; but I find it very comforting that Paul admitted to his own weakness and fear. I also find it comforting that the end result is not based on my perfect delivery of the plan of salvation, but it is totally based on God through the power of the Holy Spirit. I hope this will encourage more of us to learn to share our faith and to go and tell.