Romans 1:16 It's news I'm most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God's powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else!
1 Corinthians 1:22 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom,
1 Corinthians 1:23 we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle - and Greeks pass it off as absurd.
1 Corinthians 1:24 But to us who are personally called by God himself - both Jews and Greeks - Christ is God's ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one.
1 Corinthians 1:25 Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can't begin to compete with God's "weakness."
1 Corinthians 1:26 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families.
1 Corinthians 1:27 Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses,
1 Corinthians 1:28 chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"?
1 Corinthians 1:29 That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God.
1 Corinthians 1:30 Everything that we have - right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start - comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:31 That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God."