1 Corinthians 2:4 (June 22)

1 Corinthians 2:4 (KJV 1900)

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

There is a dangerous worldly trend in the church today. The buzz word is winsome. Winsome means “attractive” or “appealing in character.” Pastors are taking this winsome preaching and turning their church services into a show. They have added winsome lighting, winsome sound, winsome choreography; it is a Broadway show with a fog machine and a cross in the background.

Paul’s speech was far from winsome. In fact, he had no enticing words of man’s wisdom. Enticing means: to make friends of, to win one’s favor, gain one’s good will, or to seek to win one, strive to please one.

In other words Paul says, my preaching was not winsome! So how did he do it? How could he ever reach the lost?

Demonstration. He pointed his speech away from himself, and focused solely on the Spirit and of power. We certainly want to be relevant when we share the cross of Christ, but we will only be successful with the demonstration of the Spirit’s power, not our own winsomeness.

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