1 Corinthians 2:1,2 (KJV 1900)
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
When I came to you. The account of the apostle Paul coming to Corinth is recorded in Acts 18. He began as a tentmaker with Aquilla and Priscilla, a husband and wife team. Paul worked all day long in the tent shop, and on the Sabbath day he reasoned in the synagogue and persuaded both Jews and Greeks to believe in the power of the cross of Jesus Christ. Later, when Silas and Timotheus brought money, Paul was able to pastor this new church full-time. He continued his work in Corinth for 18 months.
During his time in Corinth, he came humbly …not with excellency of speech. Literally that means he did not come to them with an air of superiority. Paul was extremely well educated, but he came alongside the people, working everyday like them. He never held authority over them. He didn’t flaunt his wisdom. Rather, he came declaring…the testimony of God.
That testimony was clear; Jesus Christ, and him crucified. He preached the cross of Christ and its power to save.