“And I, when I came to you, brothers, 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 but in
the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
story is told of a tiny English chapel whose stone walls were covered by ivy. On
an arch were inscribed the words: WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED. And for many
years, godly men preached Christ crucified.
time, the ivy spread and hid the last word of the inscription, so that it read
only WE PREACH CHRIST. Other men came and they did preach Christ: Christ the example, Christ the humanitarian,
Christ the ideal teacher.
ivy continued to grow until finally, the only remaining visible part of the inscription
read: WE PREACH. The next generations did
preach. They preached economics, a social
gospel, book reviews - everything except
will always be tempted to build a church on something other than Jesus Christ,
and Him crucified.
easier, safer, and less offensive to the world to build a church on something else. But a
church built on anything other than the full gospel – Christ crucified for the
sins of man - is not a true church. Faith
built upon the wisdom of men will not stand up over time, but faith in the
crucified and resurrected Christ will stand for eternity! That is the only message worth preaching.
God for your church, and pray for your church to stand firm upon the foundation
of Christ, and Him crucified!
Have a great
day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 11/14/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under