Bible: 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:5
Divisions in the Church
1:10 I urge you, brothers and sisters, 1 by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree together, 2 to end your divisions, 3 and to be united by the same mind and purpose. 4 1:11 For members of Chloe’s household have made it clear to me, my brothers and sisters, 5 that there are quarrels 6 among you. 1:12 Now I mean this, that 7 each of you is saying, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” or “I am with Cephas,” or “I am with Christ.” 1:13 Is Christ divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? 8 Or were you in fact baptized in the name of Paul? 9 1:14 I thank God 10 that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 1:15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name! 1:16 (I also baptized the household of Stephanus. Otherwise, I do not remember whether I baptized anyone else.) 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – and not with clever speech, so that the cross of Christ would not become useless. 11
The Message of the Cross
1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1:19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” 12 1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? 13 Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. 1:22 For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, 1:23 but we preach about a crucified Christ, 14 a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 1:24 But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, 15 and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 16
1:26 Think about the circumstances of your call, 17 brothers and sisters. 18 Not many were wise by human standards, 19 not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. 20 1:27 But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. 1:28 God chose 21 what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, 1:29 so that no one can boast in his presence. 1:30 He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, 22 who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 1:31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 23
2:1 When I came 24 to you, brothers and sisters, 25 I did not come with superior eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed the testimony 26 of God. 2:2 For I decided to be concerned about nothing 27 among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling. 2:4 My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 2:5 so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God.