"and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God," (I Corinthians 2:4,5).
* Traveling teachers of Paul's day, known as sophists, gathered great crowds by their rhetorical skills and eloquence. In stark contrast, Paul intentionally delivered the unembellished gospel message plainly, to move his listeners beyond the messenger to the message.
Oh that we, too, would present the gospel in such power!
* How often we reverse God's priorities! So many churches put their faith in the eloquence and rhetorical polish of the preacher, yet experience so little power in the proclamation.
Our faith must instead be placed in the confirming power of God on the messenger.