Nothing but the Cross

Chic Broersma

READ : 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (v. 2)

Paul came to Corinth speaking the gospel in simple terms. He had just journeyed there
from Athens where he had drawn on his education and tried to communicate the gospel in the
style of a philosopher. He even quoted from the Greek poets. The result? The great
missionary fell flat on his face. I can picture him entering into his diary, “Don’t ever
try this again. The cross doesn’t need my verbal decorations.”

But in Corinth he told the people “the simple gospel.” The gospel itself supplied the
power as Paul spoke. It was that gospel that established the church, God’s redeemed
community.

Much of the secret of Billy Graham’s worldwide success lies in his simple but powerful
presentation of the gospel. Seeing the masses respond to Graham’s preaching in Germany
caused at least one renowned university chaplain to say, “I’m going to have to rethink my
own style of preaching.” In an American college setting, a convert to Christ complimented
the simple witness of his Christian roommate. “I could destroy every argument my roommate
put up,” he said, “but I couldn’t destroy the Christ within him.”

Maybe you are nervous or afraid when it comes to witnessing. Remember that the power
doesn’t come from our personalities or verbal skills. It comes from Jesus Christ and his
cross.

PRAYER

Lord, help me witness in the simple power of your cross.