And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
Paul was laser-focused. He had a task to do and nothing was going to stop him.
If you’re going to focus on preaching one thing in the Christian faith, you can’t go wrong with the crucifixion of Christ. It’s the heart of the Christian faith, and one of the most misunderstood tenets of the faith. If you are able to explain that as best you can, the Holy Spirit will draw people to Christ. Paul definitely knew that well.
But, as I mentioned a few days ago, it’s also the tenet that draws the most ire from people. Satan does not want people to understand the truth so he’ll fight aggressively against anyone bold enough to tell it.
As we saw in Acts, many people – especially Jewish leaders – vehemently opposed Paul when he came to town. They were ready to kill him. But the power of the Holy Spirit in Paul overpowered the spirits of darkness within those opposing him.
You can never do wrong by teaching Christ crucified. If the presentation is clear, expect vocal opposition. That’s one way to know you’re telling it right!