1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NLT): “When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.”
This Letter Was Written To Strengthen and Sort Out Some Church Issues. Some Common Issues are Friction, Factions and Fighting: 1 Corinthians Chapters 1 through 4. Some Complicated Issues are Law Suits, Licentiousness and Legalism: 1 Corinthians Chapters 5 through 7. Some Controversial Issues are Worship, Works and Doctrines: 1 Corinthians Chapters 8-16.
Several Themes According To Scholars. Divisions, Immorality, Freedom, Worship, and Resurrection.
I See A Main Theme After Studying and Pastoring For 16 Years: Wisdom = the quality of having exp- erience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise ————->Wisdom For Worship. Not Wise By Human Standards, 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (NLT): “Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, ‘He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.’ And again, ‘The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.’”
Wisdom For Your Words, Ephesians 4:29 (NIV): “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Wisdom For Your Work, 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT): “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Colossians 3:17 (NLT): “And whatever you do or say, do it as a represen-tative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
In Closing, James 1:5-6 (NLT): “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone…”
Rev. Bryan A. Tomes
Crossroads Community Church