Valley Bible Academy – St. John's Lutheran Church

The Cross Is True Wisdom

4th Sunday In Lent:
Date: March 15, 2015


1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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. 19
For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing
the understanding of the prudent.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the
scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the
wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world
through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness
of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a
sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to
the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those
who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the
wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and
the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling,
brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the
world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the
world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things
of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh
should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who
became for us wisdom from God; and righteousness and sanctification and
redemption; 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the

Theme: The Cross Is True Wisdom

I. God’s foolishness brings down man’s wisdom (18-25)
II. God’s wisdom brings about our salvation (26-31)