Friday, May 30, 2014

Sermon of the Week (5/25-5/31)

This week's Sermon of the Week is from Dr. Rodney Reeves on 1 Corinthians 1 entitled "Imitate Me" from 8/31/2012. Dr. Reeves is a Greek expert and Pauline scholar and some of his sermons are on iTunes. This is a great sermon to get introduced to him, you can hear his passion both for the Gospel and the life of Paul. You can also hear how he engages his audience with a Socratic style, contrary to the monologue of most expository preaching.

Reeves elaborates on on how truly foolish the Gospel would have been to Paul's gentile audience. Seeing birds pick at the carcass of some crucified non-citizen criminal was a daily occurrence in Corinth and elsewhere in the Roman Empire. That the savior of the world was a crucified man, and that we should daily imitate Paul in living out Christ's death, burial, and resurrection would have been a very radical teaching. God chooses the foolish things to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong. This sermon will bless you.

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