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Day Five: Beautiful Faith

Friday, June 5th, 2009

1 Corinthians 2:1-10 (TNIV)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. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 6 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. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived — these things God has prepared for those who love him” — 10 for God has revealed them to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

When we read through Scripture and look at Paul’s ministry, it’s possible to think that he was successful because he was highly educated or that he had a commanding personality or that he was a powerful orator.  But Paul himself tells us that he didn’t preach with eloquence or human wisdom; in fact, he says that he did so in weakness with great fear and trembling.  But we also know that he preached with demonstrations of the Spirit’s power.  How was that possible?  Simply… because he resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  

Responding to the transmitted message: It’s in that passion, the death, and the life-giving power we proclaim and live.  What persuasion do we belong to?  What eloquent way of living have we found that satisfies our soul and lifestyle.  Ministry refuses to be conditioned, supported, and influenced by any other method.  Ministry is power through laying our lives down for another. Every word and every thought and action is immersed in “Christ crucified” and a demonstration of His power.  Ministry is refusing to learn or use anything less than this… it is refusing to use anything other than this.  Take some time to pray through the passage for yourself and for our churches; that we would resolve to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  Pray that God would increase the power of His Holy Spirit at work in our campuses, missional groups and our churches as we live and proclaim the life, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Day Four: Beautiful Gate

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Day Three: Beautiful Deliverance

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Day Two: Beautiful View

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Ministering to Others

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Day One: Beautiful Wound

Monday, June 1st, 2009