1 Corinthians 2:1 And when I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come as someone superior in speaking ability or wisdom, as I proclaimed to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. (NASB)
When Paul preached the Gospel to the Corinthians, he wasn’t trying to impress them with his knowledge. Paul was determined that, in a culture who valued worldly knowledge and took pride in philosophy, he would only preach Jesus to the people. Paul knew that it was difficult to preach the Gospel to people who believe they already knew everything, but in the Corinthian city, the problem was that they also didn’t care. In a city full of sin, corruption, and debauchery, the Gospel was not going to be received well. However, that didn’t stop Paul from preaching. We find out through this letter that, in the midst of all that evil, the church was growing! Paul writes I Corinthians to set some things straight in the already established church. With growth, comes pain and changes. But all of that can be resolved, if the people believe and obey faithfully the Gospel of Christ. Let’s make it our endeavor to be focused and Christ-minded, like Paul. Let’s preach Jesus and Him crucified.