Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 2
Sharing the Gospel
Reread the first four verses of this chapter. At the end of each verse, ask yourself why Paul would not want to use eloquence of speech and superior wisdom when he spoke to people about Christ. One would think that he would want his message to contain wise and persuasive words so the listeners would respond to what he was saying. Why didn’t he use them? Because he did not want people to respond to the message of Christ as a result of his abilities or methods. He wanted them to respond because the Spirit of God was moving in their hearts. Paul wanted to be sure people were responding to the message of salvation because of a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. It wasn’t about him humanly persuading people. If we needed great wisdom, eloquence or persuasive words to bring people to Christ, some of us wouldn’t be very effective. But how can God show His power in our lives? In what ways can the Holy Spirit’s power be demonstrated by us? One way the world notices is by seeing our transformed lives! We can all demonstrate the difference Christ has made in our lives. Can they see the demonstration of the Spirit’s power in your life? How can you take advantage of those opportunities?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?