BCL Grow: "Foolish" Faith — Luke 11:20
1 Corinthians 1:18 (Gospel)
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. — 1 Corinthians 1:18
“The message of the cross is going to sound like nonsense to the people around us. It’s going to make us Christians sound like fools, and it most certainly is going to undermine our attempts to ‘relate’ to non-Christians and prove to them that we’re just as cool and harmless as the next guy. Christians can always get the world to think they are cool—right up to the moment they start talking about being saved by a crucified man. — Greg Gilbert, What Is the Gospel? (9Marks) p. 110.
Steps to Take
1. Ask: What kind of savior would be appealing to the world? Why is “the word of the cross” foolishness to unbelievers?
2. Consider: It’s tempting for churches and individuals to shy away from talking about people’s guilt and sin and how all who are outside of Christ are under the wrath of God. Instead, they may shift their primary focus to making a difference in the world by fighting for social justice and helping people’s physical needs. What is problematic about Christians avoiding talking about the cross? (See 1 Cor. 2:2; 15:3).
3. Focus: It is good to help others whenever we can; yet, this world is passing away while people’s souls are eternal (1 John 2:17; Matt 10:28). Jesus commissioned the church to preach Christ, administer the sacraments, and disciple believers (Matt. 28:19-20). Resist the temptation to avoid speaking about the “foolishness” of the cross. Be willing to experience persecution for your Christian faith, and urge people everywhere to call upon the name of the Lord and receive Christ as their Savior today.
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