Published on Monday, May 2, 2022
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:1-5 NASB)
As defined in the Believer’s Bible Commentary, a Soulish ministry is a ministry that amuses, entertains, or generally appeals to man’s emotions, and a Spiritual ministry is a ministry that presents the truth of God’s word in such a way as to glorify Christ and to reach the heart and conscience of the hearers. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he wanted to make sure the readers understood the message he delivered was not about him. He goes to great lengths in all his writings to make the focus about Jesus and not himself. In the passage above, he states he came in weakness, fear, trembling, and not with persuasive words, but rather in Spirit and power. Why? “…so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” Your faith, your responsibility… found in you/me reading God’s word, studying His word, and allowing God, through the Holy Spirit, to speak directly to us. There are many resources to help in our spiritual journey like ministers, Bible study teachers, and small group leaders, but they are just tools and instruments to supplement our personal prayer, reading, and studying. We will not stand before God in a group. The Bible says in Romans 14:12, “So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.” Each one… think about it.
Author: Mark Knapp, Beck's Chaplain
Categories: CropTalk, 2022