Emptying the Cross of Its Power (1 Corinthians 1:17)

Our theme this year has been centering our thoughts on the cross of Jesus. The cross changes everything about how we live and how we look at life. For today’s lesson, I want for us to focus our attention on something the apostle Paul says 1 Corinthians 1:17.

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (1 Corinthians 1:13–17 ESV)

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