As a Christian who cares about the environment, God’s creation, scripture is very important to me. I was a minister for 8 years, and one of the main things I enjoyed was teaching Scripture. Personally, I like to ask questions in such a way that the other members of the Bible Study group will arrive at the same conclusions (or possibly different conclusions at times). Today I’d like to share how I did that with 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (New International Version)

1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

Have you ever heard someone who was a great speaker but not very convincing? Has someone ever won you over to their opinion with a great speech?

Paul chose to use wise speech at other times, such as his speech at the Areopagus. Why do you think Paul chose not do do this??

Have you ever felt dumb explaining something to someone? Did you feel like you were convincing them?

Have you ever been convinced about something because a person persuaded you, and then changed your mind later? Do you think this has anything to do with Paul’s choice?

Have you ever felt the Spirit of God tell you something or confirm an idea? Can you really explain that process? Are you likely to be persuaded otherwise later?

Comments appreciated. The context I had in mind (and used this in) was a small group bible study (4-15 people).

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