To the Jews, the message of Christ crucified signaled weakness; to them Jesus was a false messiah. To the Gentiles, who held no “messianic expectations”, the message was foolishness. But as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:25, “The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
Paul told the church in Corinth, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:2-5)
The Lord kept Paul from being proud and boastful about his ministry by giving him a “thorn in the flesh”. Three times Paul prayed for its removal, but the Lord answered, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." That is why Paul declared, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Peter said it this way: “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” (1 Peter 4:14) When the Spirit of the Lord rests upon us, we have the spirit of wisdom, understanding, and reverence, and His grace is sufficient for all our needs. We will also heed Jesus’ instruction: “Teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you until the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20)
Do you know Christ? Do you talk to Him and listen to Him? Does reading the Scriptures thrill your soul? Do you sing hymns of joy? Are you celebrating that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Are you prepared to meet the Lord face to face?
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to worship, learn, pray, and fellowship with us. All are invited to attend our Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship Service at 11 a.m., Sunday Evening Service at 7 p.m., and Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard each Sunday morning at 8:30 on Radio KAML 990 AM.
We also invite you to join us for a non-denominational time of prayer for our nation on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.