The Cross Factor by Fred Lowery

THE CROSS FACTOR
Fred Lowery
MATT. 27:33-37

ON A SCALE OF 1-10

One = Defeat

Ten = Victory

are you an 8, 5, 3?

Is your tendency to lean toward victory or defeat?

Many are drowning in a sea of defeat

Marriage
Personal Life
Financial Life
Christian Life

A Shocking Truth
The Christian life as most people try to live it does not work. Does not get the job done. Does not handle the difficulties. Results in frustration.

RESULT: COMMENTS LIKE THESE

Something must be left out of the Bible - it just isn't working for me.

I'm tired of this whole blooming mess. I've tried and tried and still have the same defeats.

I want something that will change me.

I want something that will work on Monday in the white heat of temptation.

THE CROSS IS FOUNDATIONAL
Everything else in the Christian life rests on our understanding and appropriating what happened on the cross. It is at the cross that God's Unconditional love is demonstrated.

He meets sin head on and breaks its hold

He pays our sin debt

He purchases our salvation

He accepts us into His forever family.

BOTTOM LINE

The crucified, buried, resurrected life of Christ is the ultimate answer to our deepest needs and greatest problems.

There is not anything that Satan can throw at you that Jesus hasn't already defeated.

That means that absolutely nothing can come up in your life that you and God cannot handle.

Illus. Who Scored Enough Points? There is an old story about a United Methodist preacher who died and found himself standing before the gates of heaven asking for admission. St. Peter, the gatekeeper asked his name, and then told him, "Friend, it takes 100 points to get into heaven. We'll have to evaluate all that you did on earth and check your score. So, what have you done to recommend your admission to heaven?" Without much hesitation, the preacher said, "Well, I preached at least once every Sunday for nearly forty-five years and most t ...


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