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Paul's Speeches Were Really Bad! - Insights From Bill Bright - Oct.11

  • 2016 Oct 11
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Paul's Speeches Were Really Bad!

His speeches are really bad (2 Corinthians 10:10).

Dear friends:

Do you sometimes feel that you do not have the natural abilities to do what God has called you to do?

If so, you are in good company.  The apostle Paul must have felt the very same way.  Be encouraged.

Although brilliant of mind, Paul, by his own admission, was limited in his preaching ability.  He wrote to the believers in Corinth, "I came to you in weakness -- timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. I did not use wise and persuasive speeches (1 Corinthians 2:3-4, NLT).

Even his critics said, "His speeches are really bad!"  (2 Corinthians 10:10, NLT).

With all the outstanding preachers we have today, it is hard to imagine this great apostle to the Gentiles as being such a poor speaker!  Here was a man who wrote most of the books of the New Testament and who took the gospel to the Roman Empire, planting many churches, and helping turn the world upside down for the Savior.  But his preaching was "really bad," according to his critics.

How can that be?  Why did God choose such an ineffective speaker?  Why did not God choose one of the great orators of the time, someone who could use great words, inflections, and drama to deliver this important message?

The answer, among other things, must be that God chose Paul because He wanted people to clearly see that the power of Paul's message was not because of his natural ability, but because of the supernatural anointing on the message.

Paul's preaching may have seemed foolish to some, but "God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise" (1 Corinthians 1:27, NLT).

God had also seen Paul's heart, an all-important factor.  And, of course, Paul had other qualifications, such as being a Jew, a Roman citizen, and schooled in the law.

But the main thing is that God gave Paul supernatural power to do what he did.  "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power" (1 Corinthians 4:20, NIV).

Many Christians desirous of serving the Lord feel inadequate, insecure and limited in their ability.  But God will take you as you are and give you special supernatural ability and power to play your particular role in the Body of Christ, if only you will trust and obey Him.

Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,

Bill Bright


The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details

Copyright (c) 2003, Bill Bright. All rights reserved. However, readers may copy and distribute this message as desired, without restrictions in number, as long as the content is not altered. Forwarding this e-mail to friends is encouraged. For many evangelistic and spiritual growth materials, visit the Campus Crusade for Christ Web site at ccci.org. See campuscrusade.com for Bill Bright's own materials. 

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