How to Understand God

Sermon from CCM:City Centre


This sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at the CCM:City Centre site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 11th March 2018.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 2.

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Wisdom From the Spirit

6Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

14The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16″For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.



  • When Paul was in Corinth the message he preached was not flashy.
  • He preached the simple message of the cross.
  • The faith of the Corinthians didn’t rest on human wisdom but on the power of God’s Spirit.
  • It is so easy to put our trust in other things when it comes to our friends getting saved.


  • There are three different types of wisdom.
  • WORLDLY WISDOM – The prevailing worldview of the age. Theis might seem normal to us, but it is temporary and it doesn’t work. For us this would include materialism, relativism, individualism and hedonism.
  • EARTHLY WISDOM – Practical wisdom of how things in life work. This is good as far as it goes but can never get us to the bigger questions of life.
  • SPIRITUAL WISDOM – This is of God. The Holy Spirit is God and so understand God’s fully. He dwells in us and so reveals God to us.



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