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Scripture: I Corinthians 1:27-31
Theme: Godís ways are not our ways. He chose to save the world in a way that would bring glory to
himself and not to us.
Seed: Song ďA Strange Way to Save the WorldĒ
Purpose: To help people understand that Godís view of strength is vastly different than ours. It will require
genuine faith to believe in Godís plan to save the world.
INTRODUCTION: When the world needs to be saved, who do you call on? You call on a superhero. Superheroes are in the business of saving the world. When we think of superheroes we think those characters that are larger than life. They leap tall buildings in a single bound. They can be invisible. They can fly. Criminals are terrorized by their presence. They seem to be indestructible. When we think of superheroes, words like humble, gentle, and loving donít come to mind. We want someone who is powerful and dynamic to save the world.
Well, make no mistake the world is certainly in need of saving. The world that was created by God was beautiful. It was a perfect paradise. But God, in his infinite wisdom and incredible love for us gave us the gift of free will. Man could chose to obey God and live in paradise, or he could chose to rebel against God, rejecting him and cursing the world God had lovingly created for him. And man, through Adam and Eve, chose to rebel. The result is that the world we live in is cursed. Sin dominates our world and with it come disease, hatred, war, pain, suffering and selfishness. The world is broken and is need of a savior
With the world in such desperate shape, you would think that God would send a superhero to save it. Okay, maybe God wouldnít send a superhero in the sense of tights, capes and the ability to leap over a tall building in a single bound, but you would think that God would choose to save the world through a powerful, charismatic leader who could wield power wisely and crush Godís enemies.
But God doesnít work the way we do. Godís ways are not the same as our ways and we donít always understand his methods. Rather than send a powerful hero into the world, he sent a defenseless baby. But God always has done things a little be backwards from how we would do them. We read in 1 Corinthians
God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. As the Scriptures say, "The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done."
I Corinthians 1:27-31 (NLT)
A baby; a baby that would grow up and be executed for crimes he didnít commit. Jesus, born of a poor virgin for the purpose of dying for a world that would reject him; that was Godís plan for saving the world. Thatís a strange way to save the world. As we begin the Christmas season, letís explore Godís plan for saving the world. Itís a
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