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The Wisdom of Men

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Transcript of The Wisdom of Men

The Wisdom of Men
or
The Wisdom of God
1 Corinthians 1:17-25: Part 1
We must walk by faith because the powerful means of God will naturally seem foolish and weak.
Community of Conflict
Community of the Cross
vs.
Worldly Wisdom brings conflict
James 3:13-18

“13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

James 4:1
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?”
Do you crave those around you to respect your ideas, opinions, and thoughts?

Do you think others get the praise, affirmation, or credit you deserve?

Do you ever think, "they don’t know how good they have it with me?"

Do you excuse relational distance by thinking “well I have my opinion and they have theirs?”

Are there people here you think of as less deserving than you of being heard, respected, loved, or befriended?

Do you grumble internally or externally about the things you don’t like secretly or openly hoping they will change?
The Cross establishes community
The Cross proves love for the unlovely
External Conformity
Internal Transformation
vs.
Worldly Wisdom is eternally focused
Isaiah 29:13-15

“13 And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, 14 therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.” 15 Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
Colossians 2:21-23

"21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh."
Galatians 3:1-3

"1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?"
Do you let there be relational rifts or do you seek to be reconciled to others?

Do you sing, pray, and give but without focus, submission, and joy?

Do you spend more time and mental energy picking out what to wear than preparing your heart for worship?

Is communion one of the rare or only times you spend time in consecrating prayer before you worship privately or corporately?

Are you closed about your sin struggles or do you confess your faults one to another?
The Cross deals with the true person
The Cross covers our shame
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