Daily Archives: October 7, 2018

October 7 – 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

1 Corinthians 2:1-16

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

SOAP Note

More Than Enough | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

1 Corinthians 2:3-4

Observation

My Bible notes explain that human weakness is no barrier to God’s work (just ask Moses, Gideon, and David to name a few!). The real power is not in charismatic preaching, finesse of presentation, or logical persuasiveness, but in the message itself, centered on Jesus and his death for our sins, and in the power of the Holy Spirit who convicts the human heart.

Application

Our fast paced society is always chasing the newest, biggest thing. It’s a short term satisfaction because eventually that newest, biggest thing becomes old and small. It’s time to move on. But God doesn’t work that way. He sends His Son to earth to be born in a barn to poor parents. He calls the weakling, the nobody, to win His victories here on earth. I don’t have to be important in society to do important work for God. I don’t have to be eloquent or flashy to share His Good News. He is enough as is. No flashing lights necessary. And God’s work is the only work in all creation that can truly satisfy.

Prayer

God, thank You for using me as I am. Thank You for being all I need, and making me great just by choosing me. I pray that You change hearts today so they stop seeking the newest and biggest thing and start seeking You instead. Start in my home with me and my family. In my church, in this group, in the community. Everywhere. Until we’re all satisfied with “just” You, because You’re more than enough. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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