Foolishness to the Greeks

2012 Ligonier Conference


In this 56 minute session from the 2012 Ligonier Conference, Steven Lawson, Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama and author of The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, walks us through Paul's message in 1 Corinthians about the foolishness of the gospel. This foolishness that the world perceives around the gospel presents itself in three ways, which Dr. Lawson outlines in this message.


As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.




The Message of the gospel is foolishness to the world. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. 


What evidence have you seen from the world that they regard the gospel as foolishness? What is especially frustrating to you about the world's inability to see Jesus for who he is?
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People without the Spirit cannot understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. What does this realization teach you about the gospel and the way that we share it with others?
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The Messengers of the gospel are fools to the world. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26–31. 


What amazing things have you seen ordinary people accomplish in your church? How are they a testament to God's glory?
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One reason that messengers appear foolish is the humble stature that we take with the gospel. How do you need to incorporate humility into your work in ministry?
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The Method of the gospel messengers is foolish to the world. Read 1 Corinthians 2:1–5. 


What are some methods of sharing the gospel that have frustrated you in the past? Why did you not like these forms of telling the story?
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What do you think it looks like for a Christian to tell the gospel in weakness, fear, and trembling? How can you incorporate this picture into the way that you share the gospel?
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Tell the story of the time when were the most comfortable sharing your faith and consider the following questions: To whom were you speaking? What did you tell them? How much listening did you do? Did you use any tools (like tracts)? How did the Spirit lead you during this conversation? What does all of this teach you about sharing your faith?
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As we share the gospel with a lost and dying world, let us remember the words that John Newton clung to in his moments of desperation. "I know two things. I know what a great sinner I am, and I know what a great savior he is."



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