February 27, 2018
Bible Study Session #8
This week’s text comes from 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, a text that challenges traditional notions of power and authority. A key piece of the scripture: “For some demand signs and others desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified.” What does it mean to proclaim a God that suffers and dies? What does it mean to lift up the example of Jesus as the pinnacle of wisdom and strength? Is suffering a part of the model of leadership we should follow? 1 Corinthians also speaks about the “message of the cross”? What might that message be for us in the modern era?
Bible Study Scripture
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Adapted form the Amplified Bible and various additional translations
18 To those who are spiritually dead, the message of the cross is foolishness—absurd and illogical, but to those of us being healed and liberated by God’s grace, the cross is the manifestation of God’s power.
19 For it is written in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the ‘wise,’
And I will baffle the insights of the ‘intelligent’.”
20 Where are the wise? Where are the authors and scholars? Where are the debaters and philosophers of this age? Has God not exposed the foolishness of this world’s wisdom? 21 The world, through all its earthly wisdom and pursuit of power, fails to recognize God; and yet God somehow uses our humility and “foolishness” to proclaim the Good News. 22 Some are persuaded by miracles, and others invest in worldly wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified.
Our message is a stumbling block for many, and foolishness to others, but to those who are called, Christ represents the power and wisdom of God. 25 The foolishness of God is far wiser than the limits of human comprehension, and the weakness of God is far stronger than the limits of human effort.