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R.C. Sproul Sermon: Christ Crucified (Transcript)

Full text of R.C. Sproul’s sermon titled ‘Christ Crucified’ which was preached at Ligonier Ministries’ 2000 National Conference.

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R.C. Sproul – Founder of Ligonier Ministries

Our Scripture for this evening is from Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. I will be reading from the first chapter, beginning at verse 17 through verse 25.

Hear then the word of God.

1 Corinthians 1:17-25: “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, Greeks seek after wisdom; But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

And then in chapter two, Paul says:

1 Corinthians 2:1-2: “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech, or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

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