And I, when I came to you, brothers,[a] 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, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men[c] but in the power of God. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
We begin our study in the book of 1 Corinthians. Though it was written to a church just under two thousand years ago, the problems that were outside the church and the problems that were inside the church correlate in many ways to the problems that we face as the church in the US today….
In the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians, we heard Paul’s teaching on divisions in the church and specifically dividing over which Christian leader a person follows. The argument against this has been plainly laid out. The foolishness of choosing sides over godly leaders has been demonstrated. The explanation as to the differences between godly…