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The foolishness of God

Discussion in 'Non-denominational' started by Pastor, Dec 19, 2001.

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  1. Pastor

    Pastor Pastor

    The Foolishness of God
    by Thomas K. Tewell

    Text: 1 Corinthians 1:25; Matthew 1; Luke 1-2

    Topic: How God’s foolishness is wiser than our wisdom

    Big Idea: What we think foolish, outrageous, even impossible, God can—and does—use to his glory.

    Introduction: The Bible is a foolish story in human terms.

    • 1 Corinthians 1:25

    - Illustration: Boy tells his mother a preposterous story about what he was taught in Sunday, because “if I told you what our teacher told us, you'd never believe it."

    • Not even Donald Trump would bet on the odds of David vs. Goliath.

    • Abraham and Sarah having a baby at their age? Preposterous!

    The most foolish story in the Bible is about the birth of God’s Son.
    • Human wisdom would say he would be born in a palace, not a stinky stable.

    • Human wisdom would say he would be born to royalty, not teenage peasants.

    • Human wisdom would say the Jews should be in power, not the Romans.

    • Human wisdom would say Mary & Joseph would reject the idea, not embrace it.

    The foolishness of God is at work in our lives every day.

    • When things seem foolish to us, God is just rolling up his sleeves.

    - Illustration: When Tewell, who lived in New York, was offered a position in Texas, wisdom said it would be foolish to take it, but it was a great move for the family.

    • When things seem evil to us, God often uses it for good.

    - Illustration: When Tewell’s friend started a church in Iran, it was soon shut down, padlocked, and all Bibles burned, but in underground meetings people began to take the Bible seriously.

    • When people face adversity or a dead end, they often end up yielding to God.

    -nbsp; Illustration: An alcoholic in Tewell’s church showed up depressed on Christmas Eve and said he was going to get drunk, but that caused the congregation to act.


    • We all need to keep our eyes open to see God’s foolishness at work.
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  2. SOS

    SOS Member

    This is so very true. I might use this one day...
  3. CHR!$T!@N

    [email protected] Follower of Christ

    Hi Pastor.

    Which church do you pastor?
  4. fran

    fran Member

    I agree SOS - this is accurate and very eye-opening.
  5. Believer-in-Christ

    Believer-in-Christ Life is Christ

    Thanks. That's all so true!
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