PASTOR EPHRAIM WILLIAMS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION PAGE

Reasons to Boast in the Lord

This message deals with three reasons Christians ought to brag about Jesus. So many times we boast about worldly accomplishments but often neglect to boast about what Christ has done.  This sermon brings us back to what the Bible says in regards to promoting Christ and His message.

Speaker: Perseus Poku

August 16, 2020
1 Corinthians 1:25-31'>1 Corinthians 1:25-31

Perseus Poku

Staff Minister

Sermon Notes

You can add your own personal sermon notes along the way. When you're finished, you'll be able to email or download your notes.

Follow Along with the Message


REASONS TO BOAST IN THE LORD

1 Corinthians 1:25-31

25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]

This world is full of people who go through life bragging about what they have accomplished.  These individuals stand on their own soap box and boast about their accomplishments.

Many of us are well acquainted with boasting. "Perhaps you have met him or her:

“Look at me because I pulled myself up by my own bootstrap”

“I graduated from the prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Yale and/or Princeton”

“I come from a distinguished family”.

“I have multiple degrees”

“I belong to so and so exclusive club”

“I live in this gated community”

“I come from a long line of so and so”

A healthy self esteem is one thing but to give yourself credit for something you did not do is another.  The apostle Paul in this letter reminds the church about Biblical praise versus worldly accolade.

This church in   needed a healthy dose of humility.  They may have embraced and touted the wisdom found in secular humanism but this is not enough. Worldly knowledge can only take you so far. They needed to re-analyze and re-assess what they always believed to be true.

This church could not forget what Christ had done for them. They did not even measure up to human standards. They were not considered wise, they were not influential, and did not come from distinguished heritage.

Many in the world had passed on them. Can’t you hear the ringing sound of the scoffers? You will never become much. You are not smart enough. You are not the right height or color. You come from the wrong side of the track. You don’t know the right people.  You did not get your degree from the right school. The world had given us a false sense of what is true but God.

God did not give up on us. We were viewed a certain way in the world but God.

  1. We have been  

For you see your calling (vs. 26). The Greek word is Klesin. It means to call someone to perform a task. In other words, God calls us with a task in mind.

There are so many people walking around in this world looking for their purpose. They are trying to find themselves. God desires to save them and connect them with their purpose.

It is because of His absolute plan that we now have joy. He has connected us with what we are to do. There is no better testimony then to see people connected rightly with their gifts and to apprehend the work God has given them.

We boast in the Lord because of His plan for our lives.

2. We have been  (sanctified)-vv. 27-29

This word chosen in the Greek is exelexato. Exelexato means selected by God. God knew before hand that we would accept His Son. As a result, He has adopted us into His family.

It is the same word used when Jesus chose the twelve (John 6:70)

It is the same word used in the gospel of John chapter 15 verse 19.

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

We boast in Christ because of His invitation and assurance.

3. We have obtained  (vs. righteousness, holiness, & redemption)-vs. 30

 

Wisdom=Sophia

Santification (hagiasmos), set apart for God’s use, consecrated

Redemption (apolytrosis), set us free, liberated, delivered us

Previous Page