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Summary: The message of the cross of Jesus is still a strange message to those who have never experienced its life changing power. To them it is "foolishness". To the lost the idea of trusting a suffering, bleeding man for salvation is foolishness.

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THE WAY OF THE CROSS

Study Text: 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Introduction:

- When he wrote to the church in Corinth, Paul reminded them that he had been called for one purpose and that purpose was to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. That message was to be his focus and that message was to be his ministry.

- The message of the cross of Jesus is still a strange message to those who have never experienced its life changing power. To them it is "foolishness". To the lost the idea of trusting a suffering, bleeding man for salvation is foolishness. (1 Cor. 1:21-24)

- To hear the details of Christ's death on the cross is disturbing! But, it is a necessary truth that must be proclaimed and must be heard before there can be salvation.

- Friend, there is only one way for you to get to God and that is by the way of the cross. There is no salvation apart from faith in the work of Jesus on Calvary. (Acts 4:12).

- We shall discuss the topic under three sub-headings:

1. The Preaching of the Cross

2. The Purpose of the Cross

3. The Power of the Cross

1. The Preaching of the Cross

- The preaching of the cross is a simple message not clouded by demands and details, but delivered in simplicity and clarity.

- One of the problems with the modern church is that we have tried to attach too many conditions to salvation.

- However, the Bible is clear when it tells us that the way to be saved is for the sinner to accept by faith what the Bible teaches about Jesus and His atoning death on the cross, Rom. 10:9-10.

- This is what the preaching of the cross is all about! It is not just about you quitting your sins! It is about you coming to Jesus by faith! It's not just about turning over a new leaf, it's about placing your faith in Jesus and Him alone for salvation!

- There's nothing that needs to be preached any more or any stronger. Nor is there any theme or subject or cause with a greater need for it to be preached than to preach about the cross of Christ, and what it really means. Galatians 6: 14

- It is a sign of man's complete dependence upon the grace of God for salvation, and forgiveness of sins.

- There's a divine meaning in the death of Christ. God's only plan for our salvation is all based on His death on the cross.

- The only way for man to be saved is based entirely on the death of Christ on the cross. There is no pardon and peace apart from atonement.

- So Jesus bought our pardon, our adoption as sons of God, with His own blood.

- Then there needs to be a Preaching of the cross because it is the power of God.

The world will never understand the cross and what it represents without us talking about the power that we have received because of Christ and how He died on the Cross but rose again and overcame death, hell and the grave

2. The Purpose of the Cross

i. To reveal the love of God unto the world

- Through Christ's death on the cross, God was able to declare boldly, for all to see, His boundless, matchless love for the lost of this world.(Rom. 5:6-8)

- The cross is God's statement of love to the world - John 15:13!


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