February 3, 2008pm   The Underdog wins!   I Corinthians 1:18-31
By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Things in the mirror may be closer than they appear.  Appearances can be deceiving.  Although Christ may have appeared to be the underdog, in reality He was the King.  Clark Kent may have appeared to be a mild mannered reporter, but in reality he was superman.  Underdog may seem to be just  a beagle, but in reality he was a power defender of the down trodden. 
            The cross may appear to be foolish to some, but in reality it is the power of God to the salvation of souls.  The world looks for a super man in all the wrong places.  He is here among us with He the Holy Spirit to work God’s will in the world.  Remember that God is not willing that any should perish, but all should come to repentance.  God is love and God wants the world to be saved.  Jesus did not come to the world to condemn the world but the world through might be saved.  How does the world see and hear us who preach and live the message of the gospel? 

I Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”a  20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”b

  1. Who are the underdogs?  They are the losers of the world.   But appearances can be deceiving. 

 

  1. They are those who are supposed to loose.
  1. They are those of whom everyone else laughs. 

 

  1. They are those who are considered the weakest.
  1. They are those who everyone considers the most unintelligent.

 

  1. The greatest underdog of all was Jesus.  He was the one of whom they laughed as He hung on the cross.  But in reality He is the King of kings who gave Himself for us. 
  1. The wisdom of the world considers these to be the slowest and the most despised. 

 

What is the underdog effect? 

  1. Underdog gave himself so that others may be saved. 

 

  1. The Underdog brings the message of the underdog.  This is the gospel that we have and are called to preach. The message sounds like foolishness to the world, but to God it is the power to salvation.   E.G. Noah preached the foolishness of the coming flood and only his family was saved, but they were saved. 
  1. The underdog is being saved by the power of God.  The world sees those who have faith in God as being weak.  We are strong because we have the power of God that is saving us.  We follow the Lord who was the great underdog that gave his life.  So now we are willing to give our lives that others may live. 

 

  1. The underdog was called by God to be saved and preach.  Whether Jews or Greeks that have all been saved and called for God’s purposes.  His purpose is to seek and to save that which was lost. 
  1. The underdog boasts in the Lord.  We are proud of our Lord and Savior, so we willingly tell the old, old story.  We are his and He is ours.  We love Him and He loves us. 

 

  1. The underdog seeks to win others through the foolishness and preaching and living the gospel.  Through preaching and living the gospel others may be saved.  Because we care and because we can. 

 

 

 

a Isaiah 29:14

b Jer. 9:24

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 1 Co 1:18-31.