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The Church is.... Part 2 "Confidence in The Cross"

The power at work within us:

Introduction: My fist laptop versus what I have today. What if, God could upgrade you in such a way that would bring…

1.    Life:

2.    Peace:

3.    Purpose:


When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.[b] For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God[c]—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,

    and no mind has imagined

what God has prepared

    for those who love him.”[d]

10 But[e] it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.[f] 14 But people who aren’t spiritual[g] can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?

    Who knows enough to teach him?”[h]

But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

#1 We need God’s power:


**The mind of Christ stands in sharp contrast to the wisdom of man (verses 5-6).


 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.


Your own power versus God’s power inside of you…

·     Can you imagine if you felt God’s power in you? (Think About)


1.    Life

2.    Peace

3.    Purpose


I do not know what else to say about this except…


1.    Do you want it?

2.    What is keeping you from it?

a.    What are you going to do about

                                              i.    Draw closer or not draw closer


#2 Do we believe the word of God:


**The mind of Christ involves wisdom from God, once hidden but now revealed (verse 7).


“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,

    and no mind has imagined

what God has prepared

    for those who love him.” (Isaiah 64:4)


1.    What comes to your mind when you hear this?

2.    This is one of God’s many promises

a.    God always keeps his promises…


The point:

·     When we seek him

·     When we love him

·     When we obey him


Who wants his blessing? (All of us) He can only bless as much as we are willing to follow, seek, and obey


#3 God’s Great Gift to us:


**The mind of Christ is given to believers through the Spirit of God (verses 10-12).

**The mind of Christ cannot be understood by those without the Spirit (verse 14).

**The mind of Christ gives believers discernment in spiritual matters (verse 15).

11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.


Who is God’s spirit? (Holy Spirit)


Who is the “we” that has received this spirit? (The Church, who is the church?)


We can know, God’s thoughts… (Many of us do not) What does this mean


·     It is not that we cannot but instead that we are not taking the time to access

Conclusion:

Having the mind of Christ means we understand God’s plan in the world—to bring glory to Himself, restore creation to its original splendor, and provide salvation for sinners. It means we identify with Christ’s purpose “to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). It means we share Jesus’ perspective of humility and obedience (Philippians 2:5-8), compassion (Matthew 9:36), and prayerful dependence on God (Luke 5:16).

In order to have the mind of Christ, one must first have saving faith in Christ (John 1:121 John 5:12). After salvation, the believer lives a life under God’s influence. The Holy Spirit indwells and enlightens the believer, infusing him with wisdom—the mind of Christ. The believer bears a responsibility to yield to the Spirit’s leading (Ephesians 4:30) and to allow the Spirit to transform and renew his mind (Romans 12:1-2).