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In 1 Cor. 2:4-5 Paul recounts to the Corinthians how he went about his missionary enterprise.
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
When going out to make disciples our temptation might be to consider how we can make a convincing case for the truth of the gospel. While it’s important that we express the message with the clarity and passion of which its worthy, the results come from the action of God’s Spirit on the heart. God’s wisdom expressed in the gospel is paradoxical and enigmatic. We diminish it by deconstructing it enough for the human intellect to grasp. When the Spirit enables a person to take hold of the mystery of the gospel that wisdom remains intact. The result is a…
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