“THE FOOLISH PLAN OF GOD” (1 Cor. 1:21-25)
Word of God #7 – Final Message of Series
FBC Earlville 4-3-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION * In honor of our flight south tomorrow, I offer to you today’s “Special” : “Vultures are Flying”
As migration approached, two elderly vultures doubted they could make the trip south, so they decided to go by airplane. When they checked their baggagge, the attendant noticed that they were carrying two dead raccoons. “Do you wish to check the raccoons through as luggage?” she asked. “No, thanks, “replied the vultures. “They’re carrion.”
As we conclude our practical and “down to my level” look at Bibliology 101 – the study of the Book! – today’s lesson is to show just how amazingly practical this Book is!
Read 1 Cor. 1:1,2,4,9 This is the position of those who love the Lord Jesus as Savior – seemingly without doing anything that they were aware of! How did they get to that point? Was that a drastic change from where they once were? Do we know anyone who needs hope? Then let’s listen! * Prayer
Our sermon title this morning is taken from the New Living Translation of 1 Corinthians 1:25: “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”
1. The Foolish Plan of God in Action (1 Cor. 1:18-31)
a. Human wisdom may cause God rejection (vs. 18-25)
b. God specializes in the impossible (vs. 26-28)
Illus.: My college friend Dick – wealthy and/but? religious. Only God can change the heart – and that is his specialty – no matter how “impossible” the heart that needs changing!
c. God desires to be the Center of Attention (vs. 29-31)
2. The Redeemed Man Can Awe in God
a. I once was blind (2 Cor. 4:3-7) This is a truth which gives us an “in” on those without Christ – they are blind (as we once were) to any understanding of the truth of God’s Book.
b. I once was deaf (Romans 10:17)
Illus.: Bible Tracts Director Pastor Mark Smith here 7/31 Why? Because it is God’s Word that will change the heart – and Pastor Mark will encourage us in his experience with how tracts change hearts, worldwide!
c. I once was empty (Jude 19) When I was without the Spirit of God, it was impossible for me to have any understanding of this Book.
CONCLUSION Let’s get practical!
God loves to go from Darkness to Light!
#1 The Foolish Plan of God is the proclamation of the Cross..
#2 To a world that is spiritually blind, deaf, and empty…
#3 So that attention can be drawn back to God!
And that is the work of God through this Book.
Are you willing to be surrendered to God with what He can do through you through this Book?
Close in prayer