1Corinthians 1: 18-25 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.
Paul the apostle had been sent by the Lord to Corinth. He experienced the fruitlessness of the philosophers’ thinking when he preached to them at the Areopagus (Mars Hill), about the “Unknown God” (Acts 17: 16-32).
They all spent much time discussing their philosophical ideas daily with each other and, considering themselves wise, had much to say about things God called foolishness. And, it blinded them to the truth that Paul proclaimed!
With all the philosophical ideas in Corinth, Paul experienced worldly thinking among the believers, which needed correction.
In today’s Western world, full of news, media and online discussion sites, the situation in Corinth is magnified many times as we seek to learn the truth without distorting it through the prism of worldly wisdom.
Q1. Take a few minutes to discuss situations where we have noticed that worldly wisdom is often a contradic-tion to common sense.
Q2. In verses 10-12 Paul counters the tendency of the believers to follow particular men. Can we see this in our culture today?
Q3. What is Paul’s counter-argument to the celebrity- seeking believers (v.17)?
Q4. How is the message of the Cross viewed by the philosophers of the world (v.18)?
Q5. Refer back to Isaiah 29:13-14. God prophesies against the wisdom of his worldly people. How does God see them?
Q6. How does God contrast worldly wisdom with his own wisdom?
Q7. The death of God and then his Resurrection bears no logical analysis. It is regarded philosophically as foolishness. Discuss verses 23-24 in the light of all we have been reading. How do we gain that power and that wisdom (verse 31)?