Summary: 1 of 4. Paul demonstrated/confirmed the Spirit’s power thru his manner of witness to the church at Corinth. How/When is a Christian’s power source confirmed/demonstrated? 5 demonstrations of one’s power source.
DEMONSTRATING YOUR POWER SOURCE—1Corinthians 2:1-5
The customer in the Italian restaurant was so pleased that he asked to speak to the chef. The chef proudly appears from the kitchen & introduces himself to the customer.
"Your alfredo is superb," the customer said. "I just spent a month in Italy, & yours is better than any I ever had over there."
"Naturally," the chef said. "Over there, they use domestic cheese. Ours is imported from Italy."
The chef demonstrated that his Power Source was in the special cheese he used!
Paul demonstrated/confirmed the Spirit’s power thru his manner of witness to the church at Corinth.
Christians demonstrate/confirm their power source.
How/When is a Christian’s power source confirmed/demonstrated?
5 confirmations/demonstration of one’s power source.
1—My power source is demonstrated/confirmed when I...
FORGO The SHOW(:1)
:1—“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.”
Paul refers to the Corinthian church as “brethren.” Therefore, even though there is much he will chide them about in this letter, they are still brothers & sisters in Christ.
Paul’s “coming” to the Corinthians, as the family of God, meant at minimum that he did not approach them because he considered himself a brilliantly wise speaker. He came to them proclaiming that which was God’s “testimony”—Scripture(written word), the spoken word, & thru personal & relational experience.
God’s “testimony” is that which has borne & bears witness to His absolute truth & thus the truth of the Gospel.
God’s testimony is Not about how brilliant you are...
Nor is if about how impressive I am or how impressive my own ability to carry a message is...
But I must be very impressed with the message itself!, i.e., the “testimony” that God is the revelatory God, & the salvific God.
“Excellence/Superiority/Eloquence/Brilliance”—uperoch—1) Elevation, pre-eminence, superiority; 2) metaph.--Excellence. Strong—Prominence, i.e. figuratively--Superiority (in rank or character). Used 2X.
“Speech”(See 4, 6, 13)—logov—1) of speech—1a) A word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea, 1b) What someone has said, 1c) Discourse, 1d) Doctrine, teaching, 1e) Anything reported in speech; a narration, narrative, 1f) Matter under discussion, thing spoken of, affair, a matter in dispute, case, suit at law, 1g) The thing spoken of or talked about; event, deed; 2) its use as respect to the MIND alone—2a) Reason, the mental faculty of thinking, meditating, reasoning, calculating, 2b) Account, i.e. Regard, consideration, 2c) Account, i.e. Reckoning, score, 2d) Account, i.e. Answer or explanation in reference to judgment, 2e) Relation, i.e. with whom as judge we stand in relation, 2f) Reason, cause, ground; 3) In John, denotes the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ. Strong—Something said(including the thought); by implication--A topic(subject of discourse), also--Reasoning(the mental faculty) or motive; by extension--A computation; specifically(with the article in John)--The Divine Expression(i.e. Christ).