THE FOOLISHNESS OF TRUSTING IN HUMAN WISDOM (Lesson One)
A. We are faced with many issues over which people disagree. Examples:
B. People appeal to certain authorities such as experts in science, philosophy & religion
and place their faith in such authorities.
C. We will begin a series of lessons based on the theme of the foolishness of trusting in
human wisdom. I Corinthians 1:18-23 (841) this morning.
I. God has made foolish the wisdom of the wise.
A. The message of the cross. V18
1. There are two groups of people: the perishing and the saved.
2. Why are they in their condition? 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10 (830); Romans 1:16-17 (830)
3. Those who are perishing accept human wisdom.
B. The foolishness of the message is by design.V19 (reference to Isaiah 29:14, read v13 also)
1. What would God do to the wisdom of the wise? Why? When? Vv20-21; Acts 17:19-
24,30-31 (818); John 8:21,24 (787); Romans 2:5-11 (830)
C. The idea of 1 Corinthians 1:22-23.
1. The Jews refused to accept Christ by faith and wanted proof.
2. The Greeks had always trusted in their wisdom and man-made gods. They
viewed the idea of the gospel of the cross as pure foolishness.
D. Our salvation is based on a crucified and resurrected Savior. Acts 2:16,21-33,36-39 (802)
A. On what should we place our faith? Romans 10:17 (836)
B. As Christians we base our salvation on the acceptance of the message of the cross.