Spiritual Power, Feb. 5-11

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

Message Outline

The Message:
Christ crucified is the power and wisdom of God (18-25)
The message is foolish and weak to the world
The message is wiser and stronger than any other
The message is the power to save those who believe

The Recipients:
God gives you spiritual power in Christ (26-31)
Most are not wise or powerful
Christ is our wisdom: righteousness, holiness and redemption
So we boast in the Lord alone

The Speakers:
Preach Christ crucified in spiritual power (2:1-5)
Don’t rely on fancy words and philosophy
Resolve to focus on Christ crucified
Speak with the Spirit’s power

Group Discussion Questions

  1. How would you describe how our culture values intelligence, power and a person’s family of origin?
  2. How could some people see the message of Christ crucified on a cross as weak and foolish? Have you heard anyone say something along those lines?
  3. What is the power of the cross? How is it actually wise even if it appears foolish to the world?
  4. How does Christ’s cross save us? What has Christ provided for us (verse 30)? To what do each of these three words refer?
  5. In what kinds of things do most people boast? Instead, what would it look like if we boasted in Christ crucified? How can we practically boast in the Lord in our daily lives?
  6. Paul spoke about Christ not with fancy words, but in spiritual power. How can we do the same thing? This week, how could we focus on Christ crucified in our conversations? With whom could you share Christ?
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