14 Mar 2021 Sunday Morning Service
1 Corinthians 1:17-30
139:1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
139:2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
139:3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
139:4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
139:5 You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
139:7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
139:8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
139:9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
139:10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
139:11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
139:12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
139:15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
139:16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
139:18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
139:19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
139:20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
139:21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?
139:22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
139:24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1:18 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.
1:19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
1:21 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.
1:22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
1:23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
1:24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
1:26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
1:28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are,
1:29 so that no one may boast before him.
1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.