• "Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you."

    Women's Ministry

  • "We exist to build up the body of Christ by seeking a community focused on honesty and integrity."

    Men's Ministry

  • "It is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.."

    Prayer Ministry

  • "For those who share our faith but not our freedom.."

    Persecution Ministry

  • "Missions exist because worship doesn't.."

    Missions Ministry

Cross of Christ

The God of the Bible is living and active. Since the beginning of time, He has been upholding, governing, and guiding history toward its appointed conclusion. According to Scripture, the central event in history is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. To the unbelieving world, the execution of a Jewish peasant outside of Jerusalem 2000 years ago is nothing more than one more unimportant occurrence in history. Some mock the notion that this death matters for us today. Others reject the idea that God’s Son could ever be killed.

Surely God would not allow His Son to undergo such suffering and shame?

These responses are not new. Nor would they have surprised the apostle Paul who wrote, “The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing…” (1 Corinthians 1:18). To the Jews of his day, the message that Christ was crucified was a stumbling block. To the Greeks, it was foolishness. But those were not the only responses. To those called by God, the message of the cross provoked a very different reaction. To them, this simple message displayed the power and wisdom of God.

The word of the cross is the central message of the Christian faith. As a result, it is vital that pastors and churches have a solid and growing grasp of the cross in all of its glory. Apart from a firm grounding in the cross of Christ, the church will grow weak, preaching will cease to be powerful and effective, and the kingdom of God will suffer. But where the cross is known and loved and celebrated, God has promised to bless His church with His Holy Spirit and with power so that He receives glory in the praise of His people. To that end, the Desiring God ministry has designed these six lessons to highlight key features of the cross of Jesus Christ.

The Treasuring Christ ministry will be breaking down these six sessions each week in a series called The Cross of Christ.  We are prayerfully asking you to consider digging into this study and we seek to understand what took place on the Cross, in great detail.

 

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