Under Gods Command


1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel-not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 

When Paul said that Christ didn’t send him to baptize, he wasn’t minimizing the importance of baptism.  Baptism was commanded by Jesus himself (Matthew 28:19) and practiced by the early church (Acts 2:41).  Paul was emphasizing that no one person should do everything. Paul’s gift was preaching, and that’s what he did.  Christian ministry should be a team effort; no preacher or teacher is a complete link between God and people, and no individual can do all that the apostles did.  We must be content with the contribution God has given us to make, and carry it out wholeheartedly.

Some speakers use impressive words, but they are weak on content.  Paul stressed solid content and practical help for his listeners.  He wanted them to be impressed with his message, not just his style (see 2:1-5).  You don’t need to be a great speaker with a large vocabulary to share the gospel effectively.

Lets Bring it Home: Paul was not against those who carefully prepare what they say (see 2:6), but against those who try to impress others only with their own knowledge or speaking ability.

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