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Preaching the Cross!

Scripture reading for August 5th: 1st Corinthians 1:18-2:5

The cross of Jesus Christ has long been foolishness to the world and its followers.  The message of the cross has been mocked and those who preached it have been ridiculed, tortured and killed by those who refused to hear the message.  But for us who are being saved, it is the power of God that saved us!  It is the wisdom of God that made grace available to whoever will listen and believe!  (1st Corinthians 1:18,24)

The Greeks were known for their search for wisdom.  They had great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle.  Their wisdom and scholarship was well know, but they did not bring the world a knowledge of God and His plan of salvation.  (1st Corinthians 1:21)  The Jews were always seeking miraculous signs and the cross was a stumbling block.  In the Gospel message, Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth as a man.  He lived  a sinless life and offered His body and blood as a sacrifice for our sins on the cross.  He was crucified, died and was buried in a tomb.  The greatest miracle occurred on the third day when the tomb was opened and the Son of God rose from the dead!  This message proved to be a stumbling block for the Jews in spite of the greatest miracle ever witnessed.  It proved to be foolishness to the Greeks who reject the message of the cross as without merit.

Yet, in this message is the greatest power ever released on earth!  Through this message, all mankind has the opportunity to be forgiven of sin and receive eternal life.  The key to receiving is a humble heart that will be open to believe in the One who went to the cross for all!  “But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  It is because of Him that you are in Christ, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1st Corinthians 1:27-30)  Have you embraced God’s wisdom through the One who died on the Cross?

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The message of the cross

Scripture reading for November 22nd: 1st Corinthians 1-6

To educated people, Christ and his cross is often  considered foolishness.  It is not logical or believable to many who have embraced science and modern secular humanism.     But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong! (1st Corinthians 1:27)

The message of the cross is a message of God’s wrath against sin.  God has decreed that every soul that sins must die.  (Romans 6:23) Jesus Christ took the wages of man’s sin upon Himself and was beaten, mocked, spit upon, ridiculed, and crucified as a common criminal.  Isaiah says that we considered Him “stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4)  The punishment that we deserved fell upon Him and by His stripes we are healed!  (Isaiah 53:5)  God’s wrath was directed against His own Son, that we might be free from that wrath! (2nd Corinthians 5:21)

The message of the cross tells of God’s love for us.  That God Himself sent His only Son to earth just to die in our place tells the greatest love story ever told!  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)  He demonstrated His love for us in that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners!  (Romans 5:8)  God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish, but have eternal life!  (John 3:16)

The message of the cross demands repentance and faith.  We must turn from our self-centered ways and look to Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sin.  This message is the power of God for salvation to those who will believe!  (Romans 1:16-17)  “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”  (1st Corinthians 1:30)

This message of the cross is foolishness to those who claim worldly wisdom.  It is weakness to those who think themselves strong.  It is an offense to our intellect and strength, but it is God’s wisdom for the humble!  Oh how I love the cross and the One who gave His life for me!  May this message of God’s wrath against sin and God’s amazing love flow from us who believe each and every day!

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Preaching the Cross!

Scripture reading for August 5th: 1st Corinthians 1:18-2:5

The cross of Jesus Christ has long been foolishness to the world and its followers.  The message of the cross has been made fun of and those who preached it have been mocked, beaten, tortured and killed by those who refused to hear that message.  But for us who are being saved, it is the power of God that saved us!  It is the wisdom of God that made grace available to whoever will listen and believe!  (1st Corinthians 1:18,24)

The Greeks were known for their search for wisdom.  They had great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle.  Their wisdom and scholarship was well know, but they did not bring the world a knowledge of God and His plan of salvation.  (1st Corinthians 1:21)  The Jews were always seeking miraculous signs and the cross was a stumbling block.  In the Gospel message, Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth as a man.  He lived  a sinless life and offered His body and blood as a sacrifice for our sins on the cross.  He was crucified, died and was buried in a tomb.  The greatest miracle occurred on the third day when the tomb was opened and the Son of God rose from the dead!  This message proved to be a stumbling block for the Jews in spite of the greatest miracle ever witnessed.  It proved to be foolishness to the Greeks who reject the message of the cross as without merit.

Yet, in this message is the greatest power ever released on earth!  Through this message, all mankind has the opportunity to be forgiven of sin and receive eternal life.  The key to receiving is a humble heart that will be open to believe in the One who went to the cross for all!  “But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  It is because of Him that you are in Christ, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1st Corinthians 1:27-30)  Have you embraced God’s wisdom through the One who died on the Cross?

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The Message of the Cross

Scripture reading for November 23rd: 1st Corinthians 1-6

To educated people, Christ and the cross seems to be a foolish idea.  It doesn’t make sense to the natural mind trained to trust senses, self, and science.  It is not logical or even believable to many who have college degrees and have embraced modern secular humanism. To these people, religion is fine, but the cross is offensive!  They are strong enough to handle life by themselves and want to live it up while they can.   But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong! (1st Corinthians 1:27)

The message of the cross is a message of God’s wrath against sin.  God has decreed that the soul that sins must die.  (Romans 6:23) Jesus Christ took the wages of man’s sin upon Himself and was beaten, mocked, spit upon, ridiculed, and crucified as a common criminal.  Isaiah says that we considered Him “stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4)  The punishment that we deserved fell upon Him and by His stripes we are healed!  (Isaiah 53:5)  God’s wrath was directed against His own Son, that we might be free from that wrath! (2nd Corinthians 5:21)

The message of the cross tells of God’s love for us who are made in His image.  God Himself being willing to send His only Son to earth just to die in our place tells the greatest love story ever told!  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)  He demonstrated His love for us in that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners!  (Romans 5:8)  God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish, but have eternal life!  (John 3:16)

The message of the cross demands repentance and faith.  We must turn from our self-centered ways and look to Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sin.  This message is the power of God for salvation to those who will believe!  (Romans 1:16-17)  “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”  (1st Corinthians 1:30)

We must be humble to receive this message of the cross.  It is foolishness to those who claim worldly wisdom.  It is weakness to those who think themselves strong.  It is an offense to our intellect and strength, but it is God’s wisdom for the humble!  Oh how I love the cross and the One who gave His life for me!  May this message of God’s wrath against sin and God’s amazing love flow from us who believe each and every day!

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