Summary: The Gospel is not complicated or busy, but it is simple and efficient! Christ and Christ crucified, and risen! Why do believers feel they need to add onto the Gospel?
Date Written: February 14, 2014
Date Preached: February 16, 2014
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Series Title: A Series from 1 Corinthians
Sermon Title: The “Simple” Gospel
Sermon Text: 1 Cor 1:26-2:5 [ESV] – Read 2:1-2 here
1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Last week we learned somewhat of the issues Paul was dealing with in the church at Corinth and it was about the Gospel. Last week we learned that there were many in the church at Corinth who were questioning the Gospel that Paul had preached because it did not fit in with the worldview of those around them…
Paul told the church in Corinth that the Gospel was NOT something the world would agree with, but that it was foolishness to those outside of Christ and even a hindrance to those who THOUGHT they knew God!
We saw how Paul detailed how the Cross was central to the message of the Gospel and that the Cross, no matter how controversial was central in how they were to present the Gospel. That approach was focused on how the church was to present the Gospel to the world…
He instructed them to NOT dilute the Gospel, to NOT be ashamed of the Gospel, to NOT strip the Gospel of its power by removing the Cross…
The world WILL think it to be foolish and the Jews who know God will believe it to be a stumbling block, but this IS God’s plan… this IS the way to redemption… this IS what Jesus came to do and this IS how Jesus accomplished salvation for all who will receive Him!
This morning’s passage is similar but I believe the focus is more internal for those already within the body…those who may be having doubts about the Gospel that they had already surrendered to…
I believe that Paul had rec’d a message that there were many believers who were falling prey to the teaching that the Gospel was too simple and that things had to be added to the Gospel to make salvation real…
So in these verses Paul takes steps to lay out the situation, place his judgment on this false teaching and then lay out the MAIN message of the Gospel…which is the crucified Lord!
Let’s take a look at Paul laying out the situation to these church members, turn with me to 1 Cor 1:26-31…
Paul’s ‘recall’ (1 Cor 1:26-31) – the set up
26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”