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Jesus

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Stephen Johns

on 25 August 2018

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Transcript of Jesus

Jesus
The hope for our identity
1 Corinthians 1:20-25
Insecure about wisdom, power, and heritage
Warped Identity
Find Identity in someone or something else
Fight with anyone who disagrees
The quest for respectability invariably leads us away from God’s glory.
The Inner Pain of the Insecure
The Oppression of Insecurities
vs. 20
Isaiah 33:17-18

“17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar. 18 Your heart will muse on the terror: “Where is he who counted, where is he who weighed the tribute? Where is he who counted the towers?”
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18 For the word of the cross is folly 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, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Wisdom
and
Power
Christ the Deliverer
The Shifting Methods of Insecurities
Isaiah 33:19-22

“19 You will see no more the insolent people, the people of an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend, stammering in a tongue that you cannot understand. 20 Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent whose stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken. 21 But there the Lord in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass. 22 For the Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver; the Lord is our king; he will save us.”
Effective Means
God's Method is the Only Method
vs. 21
The Shame of Insecurities
Shame and Suffering
vs. 22-25
Isaiah 28:16
“therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’

Psalm 118:22-23
“22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”
Christ the Answer for our Shame
Romans 9:33

"as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
1 Corinthians 1:24

"Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."
The quest for God’s glory invariably leads us to humble rest in Christ’s identity.
The quest for respectability invariably leads us away from God’s glory.
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