I Corinthians 1:18-29
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.
There are a number of excellent songs based on this passage. We’ll highlight one suited for congregational singing and one more fit to be a solo. First, for congregational singing, Sovereign Grace Music’s “I Will Boast in the Cross”:
Michael Card’s “God’s Own Fool” is one of the all-time greatest lyrics from this modern-day expository songwriter:
I Corinthians 1:23
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness
The Greek word here translated “stumblingblock” is σκάνδαλον, transliterated scandalon. Michael Card used the word as the title and the verse as the idea behind this song:
To the Corinthian church (I Corinthians 1:4-9)
Popularized by Printed in Solomon Henkel’s Church Hymn Book (1816) for the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Tennessee
Thy Gospel, dear Lamb (I Corinthians 1:25)
In Unity and Peace (I Corinthians 1:10)
The Book of Creation (I Corinthians 1:20-29) (1779)
John Newton | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1779)
Run and Not Be Weary (I Corinthians 1:27)
Kenny Bishop | Popularized by The Bishops