Outgoing – Session 11A – 17 November 2011
Problems of the head?
The Link Between Knowledge of God and Salvation by God
Fallen humanity does not know God
1 Samuel 3:7; Psalm 14; Matthew 7:24-27; 11:25-26; John 1:5; 1:18; 5:37-38; 7:28-29; 8:19; 14:17; 15:21; 17:25-26; Romans 1:18; 3:10-18; 8:7; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 2:11-14; 3:18, 19; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 4:17-19; Colossians 1:21; 2:6-8
To know God is to be saved by Him
Proverbs 1:7; Matthew 11:25-30; John 1:10-13, 18; 14:6-9; 17:3; Rom 10:14-17; 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Eph 4:17-21; 1 Tim 2:3-4
We’re not saved by works but by God’s grace alone
We don’t know God by our wisdom but by God’s revelation alone
Our knowledge of God is just as much a gift as our salvation by God.
If this is true, what are the implications for evangelism?
What about Romans 1?
God is maximally revealed in the world
God is maximally suppressed in us
Something decisive happened with Adam
Though we knew God we exchanged it for foolishness.
What about Acts 17?
Paul is obsessed with Jesus and the resurrection which seems like strange gods to the Greeks.
Paul says the one thing they know is that they don’t know God.
He begins again with the story of Adam and Christ.
He does not build on their supposed knowledge, he subverts it.
What would convince the world to believe?
The world demands wisdom or power.
What does God give them? The cross!
1 Corinthians 1:17-2:5
The cross splits the world
We mustn’t attempt to mend the tear by our own power/wisdom
A Cross-Shaped Message
A Cross-Shaped People
A Cross-Shaped Messenger
People look for power and wisdom
They are frustrated by the message of the cross.
Yet some believe.