Fools for Christ Pt.1

Fools for Christ Pt.1

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Title:Fools for Christ
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction

  • People think Christians are fools
  • Stephen Hawking – Heaven and hell are fairytales for those who are afraid of the dark.
  • Went to a atheist convention several years ago in Des Moines
    • These people were normal people
    • Angry
    • Spoke negatively against Christians
    • Believed Jesus was foolishness
  • Our message is the message that changes lives because of what Christ has done.
    • We have the greatest message, the message of the cross.

Sermon Notes

  • The cross divides the world ()
    • Two reactions the cross brings
      • Unsaved Reaction
        • Foolish/folly defined – stupid, silly, absurd
        • The cross points to our sin and these people have no understanding of our sin
        • Convinced of how good they are
      • Saved Reaction
        • Brings deliverance from our sins
        • Removes our bondage of sin
  • The cross divides our wisdom ()
    • Quotes
      • Israel following human wisdom
    • The world has it’s own solutions to salvation but only the cross has the power to save
    • Man’s wisdom is reduced to nothing when it comes to salvation
    • Wisdom of the cross was given to point people to God.

Small Group Questions

  • Why does the unbelieving world see Christians as foolish?
  • Give some examples of how Christians try to make Christianity more appealing to unbelievers and minimize the reasons they see us as foolish?  Is this what we should do as Christians?
  • How does the cross divide people?
  • Read . How does the cross divide our wisdom?
  • If human wisdom cannot save us, why are we as Christians so quick to turn toward human wisdom for our own sanctification?
  • Are you afraid to proclaim the foolish message of the cross?  Explain.
  • Is there anything you need to repent of as a result of this message? Explain.

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. (ESV)

2:1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (ESV)

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (ESV)

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (ESV)

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (ESV)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (ESV)

19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. (ESV)

14 therefore, behold, I will again
do wonderful things with this people,
with wonder upon wonder;
and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.” (ESV)

35 And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. (ESV)

10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (ESV)

19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. (ESV)