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Dear beloved congregation,

Welcome to our gathering today as we come together to delve into the depths of God’s word and grow in our spiritual journey together. It’s a joy to have each and every one of you here, and I pray that as we engage in worship and study, we will be drawn closer to our Lord Jesus Christ and to one another. May His presence fill this place with His peace and love.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We come before you with hearts full of gratitude and anticipation, knowing that you are with us in this moment. We thank you for the privilege of gathering together as your children, united in purpose and love. As we open your word today, we ask for your wisdom to guide us, your Spirit to illuminate our hearts and minds, and your presence to fill us with your peace. May our time together be a reflection of your glory and a testimony to your grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Introduction to Scripture

Understanding the Wisdom of the Cross

In the passage from 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, the apostle Paul reflects on the profound wisdom of God as revealed through the message of the cross. He contrasts the world’s wisdom, which often appears foolish in the eyes of man, with the wisdom of God, which confounds the wisdom of the wise. Through the seemingly paradoxical message of the cross, God demonstrates His power and wisdom, surpassing human understanding.

NIV Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NIV)
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

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