The Appeal Of The Gospel
1 Cor. 1:18-25
A. We seem to
be always struggling to gain and keep people.
B. We are often tempted to match or beat the competitions
Dynamic personalities with one equal or more so.
2. Dynamic programs with one equal or more so.
3. Appealing facilities with one equal or more so.
C. We need to remind ourselves of the facts about the gospel that
Paul outlined to the Corinthians:
I. The Gospel Message Does Not Have
Universal Appeal. (1 Cor. 1:18).
neither to Greeks nor Jews.(1 Cor. 1: 21-26).
1. Not philosophical enough for the Greeks.
2. Not sensational enough for the Jews.
Appealed to spiritual minds rather than carnal minds. (1 Cor.
1. Did not
need to make gospel fit minds.
2. Did need to make minds fit the gospel.
Appending it for wider appeal would have destroyed its effectiveness
(1 Cor. 1:17)
D. Appealing to some while
appalling to many.
The message about salvation.
2. The message about the church.
a. Itís structure.
b. Itís worship.
c. Its work.
message about godliness. (cf. Tit. 2:11, 12).
II. The Gospel Message Is Designed to Glorify God
Rather than Men. (1 Cor. 1:27-31).
A. It was
so designed by Godís wisdom. (1 Cor. 1:21).
It was so preached by Paul. (1 Cor. 2:1-5).
1. Preached to impress the message rather than wisdom or ability of
to establish faith in the power of God rather than wisdom of men.
III. The Gospel Message Is Superior to the Devices
of Men. (1 Cor. 1:25)
A. Will stand the test
of time and eternity. (1 Cor. 1:19-20; 2:6)
Immature carnal minds cannot see this truth. (1 Cor. 2:6, 14-16).
IV. The Gospel Message a Revelation Rather than an
Experimentation. (1 Cor. 2:6-16).
know what pleases God without revelation. (1 Cor. 2.11,16).
B. Cannot know ďthings which God has prepared for those who love
HimĒ without revelation (1 Cor. 2.9, 13).
A. Should we
transform the gospel and the church to conform to carnal minds?
B. Or, transform minds to conform to the gospel and church as it is
revealed to us? (cf. Rom. 12:2)