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Gifted for Gratitude: The Message of the Cross... is the POWER of God!

Gifted for Gratitude: The Message of the Cross... is the POWER of God!

What does the "Cross of Christ" mean to you, and to those God has placed near you?

The message of the cross… is the POWER of God (vs. 18 - Greek origin dunamis = "inherent power" and from which we derive the English word, "dynamite"!):
· To crush and confuse
· To challenge
· To call to faith
· To choose for His glory
· To create faith toward righteousness
· To complete the work of salvation
· To crown Jesus Savior & Lord of life

Where do you see these POWER-FULL actions described and displayed in the 1 Corinthians passage?

Most High and Mighty God, as you fulfill Your baptismal covenant to me, may I abide daily in the power of Your love and truth! Amen.

Points to Ponder - Why is the power of God the greatest power of all time? When did the power of God work in your life for the first time? Are you experiencing the power of God at work in your life on an ongoing, daily basis? Who do you know that considers "the message of the cross" to be foolishness? How can the power of God work through you and also through your CG to touch the lives of others, whether fellow believers or "pre-believers"?

READ 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 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.”

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  • 29 January 2017
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