'The Power
 of the

Thursday Reflection

19th November 2020

'to those who are perishing'

Paul tells us;

'For I am not ashamed
 of the gospel,
 for it is the power of God
 for salvation
 to everyone who believes,'

.... Romans 1:16

'For the word of the cross
 is foolishness
 to those who are perishing,
 but to us
 who are being saved
 it is the power of God.'

....1 Corinthians 1:18

'For the kingdom of God
 does not consist
 in words but in power.'

.... 1 Corinthians 4:20

'...and my message
 and my preaching
 were not in persuasive words
 of wisdom,
 but in demonstration
 of the Spirit and of power,'

.... 1 Corinthians 2:4

for our gospel did not
come to you in word only,
but also in power
and in the Holy Spirit
and with full conviction;
just as you know
what kind of men
we proved to be among you
for your sake.'

.... 1 Thessalonians 1:5

The Greek word for power is
from which we get
the words dynamo, dynamic
and dynamite.

Talk about impact!
The gospel
changes people profoundly.
It has been said that
'The gospel is like
a sword sharpened on
the stone of Scripture
and tempered in
the furnace of reality,
relevance and need.'

Of all the reactions
people may have,
finding it boring,
must be the worst.

Jesus met people where they were.
His word touched raw nerves,
his preaching was
a lot more 'here and now'
than it was 'there and then'.

He attacked hypocrisy
and prejudice.
He met people
where they were
not where they ought to be.

Angry young men,
blind beggars,
ignorant fishermen,
proud politicians,
loose living prostitutes,
naked victims possession
and grieving parents -
he related to them all.

His enemies
misunderstood him
but they couldn't ignore him,
they hated him
but were never bored
around him.

The gospel isn't just
some vague religious concept,
it's an exciting
relationship with God
that works in everyday life.

And people around us
need it,
we need
to share it with them today.