Oct: Preaching – The Wisdom of God or the World?

Access to information is at an all-time high.  Preachers can easily get their next sermon from a book or from the Internet.  They can incorporate all the trappings of psychology and the ability to “work a crowd”.  But is this really a presentation of the word of God?

Even though the Apostle Paul was very capable of  leveraging the wisdom of men, he took a decidedly different approach. In 1 Corinthians, he tells the church:

“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power…” (2:4).

Why did he take such a route?  What was the apostle’s purpose?  Why was he so, so careful?  He tells us in the next verse:

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (v. 5).