And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Cor 2:1-5
Pastor Rick Russell delivered another powerful message last night. His style, his manner, and his words were quite different from the previous night.
Some preachers give a message in a “fire and brimstone” style. You hear people shouting “Amen”, clapping, and people on their feet with excitement and agreement.
Rick did not come with fire and brimstone, yet he was no less effective.
He spoke to us in a calm manner. He did not shout. He did not stomp.
However, his words sank in and forced you to meditate and contemplate the word of God and your relationship before Him.
When Paul traveled to Corinth, he said it was not with excellence of speech or wisdom. All he wanted was to preach Jesus and Him crucified.
I’m sure this was a different approach than Peter or John took wherever they spread the Gospel.
Each minister, including you, has a style, method, and personality that God uses to minister.
Did Paul preach to everyone the same way he did with the Corinthians?
He told those same Corinthians this: For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. 1 Cor 9:19-23
He presented the Gospel in a way for each person could relate and understand.
Let God use you today – your personality, your speech, and your character.