Summary: Presenting the gospel is not complicated simply present the truth.
How to present the Gospel
I Cor. 2:1-5
One of the problems with communicating the gospel today is human wisdom, intellect, human reasoning
And our challenge is communicating it in a way that it can be received
This is what Paul continues to argue in chapter 2 when he says “I didn’t come to you with lofty speech or wisdom”
Paul could have chosen to compete with Apollos and other he was certainly capable
Paul could have used an ornate style, having studied secular learning at Tarsus of Cilicia, which Strabo preferred as a school of learning to Athens or Alexandria; here, doubtless, he read the Cilician Aratus’ poems (which he quotes, Ac 17:28), and Epimenide
It would have been impressive but ineffective because it is not Gods method of evangelism
Look at ch 1 verses 27-29
27 But nGod chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; oGod chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even pthings that are not, to qbring to nothing things that are, 29 so rthat no human being3 might boast in the presence of God
Then he says in verse 1 and I one of the weak ones came to you
One writer says that the believer should always expect some mystical guidance from above in every situation
Do we rule out or ignore human reasoning, no! We must appeal to it but it can’t be the main objective
Donald trump and others argue that Christianity is for weak people who can’t think for themselves
No Jesus wants you thinking, we just need to realize that human reasoning or thinking cannot comprehend the thoughts of God
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Present the Truth of the Gospel:
***When we approach people the thought is that we need to challenge people’s thinking
Example, I am right and you are wrong
The challenge is in the presentation of the truth
Jesus never asked us to try to convince people, just present the truth
Herschel Hobbs says “The Christian’s responsibility is not to win but to witness.”
A farmer does not wrest the plant from the seed. He sows the seed and leaves the result to God. If God’s people are faithful in sowing the seed, God will be faithful in giving the harvest.
Unaided communication/speech will never be enough
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
I Cor. 15
This was the message that Paul shared over and over again
Paul reminds that no matter how eloquently the gospel is presented it is the simple truth of Jesus crucified as the substitution for our sins that alone can attract and save the sinner
God uses all that we have to offer, the gift of speech, animated personalities, brilliant minds but only the truth can save humanity
Luther says “he preaches best who aims at being understood rather than being admired”