The Wisdom & Power of the Cross

The Cross-01

From Operation World:

“The Bible is alien to the worldview of the Japanese––the concept of a Creator God is foreign to most. Strong pressure to conform to the norm causes many new believers to compromise or eventually to fall away. The shame / honor mentality held by many Japanese is a different paradigm from that of most missionaries to Japan. Christians new and old must be discipled to have their entire worldview transformed.”

Meditation from 1 Corinthians:

18 For the word of the cross is folly 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, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

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My Prayer:

Father would you help the Japanese believers to believe by faith that the cross is both true wisdom and true power. Help them not to be like the seed that fell among the rocky soil or the thorny soil, but like the seed planted in the good soil that produced a crop 100 fold. Father help the believers who are part of Yoshi’s community to place faith in the good news of the gospel afresh and anew today. Do not let them rest on previous commitments or past decisions, but today may they cling to your truth and believe. In Jesus name, Amen.

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