NOVEMBER 17

In Romans 1:16, the Apostle Paul teaches us to be unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation. As Paul taught the Corinthians, no man is ever won to Christ by the power of human persuasion, but only by the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:1-5). It is by the simple Gospel that men are saved, not by the latest Madison Avenue marketing techniques or the eloquence and tact of a Gospel preacher (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

According to R.C. Sproul, “The greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible.” As a result, Sproul laments the fact that the contemporary church “looks for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in anything and everything but that in which God has placed it—His Word.” It is only God, Sproul argues, who “has the power to change lives for eternity, and,” Sproul adds, “that power is focused on the Scriptures.” Is it not then the Scriptures that should be the church’s focus as well?