It's Still the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
INTRODUCTION: In v.17 Paul clarified the nature of his mission, namely, to preach the gospel. He proceeded to identify the central feature of the preaching of the gospel, namely, the cross of Christ. For over 2000 years the sign and symbol of the Christian faith has been an old rugged cross. It is the message of the cross, which is the heart of the gospel.
Some of the Church's greatest hymns and songs are about the cross. ''The Old Rugged Cross'', ''At Calvary'', ''At The Cross'', and Janet's favorite, ''When I Survey The Wondrous Cross'' (Isaac Watts).
Paul made a tremendous statement concerning the cross in Gal. 6:14, ''But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.''
It was said of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, ''All of your sermons sound exactly the same. Why is that?'' Spurgeon responded, ''Because I just take a text, anywhere in the Bible, and then make a beeline straight to the cross.''
I. THE DYNAMICS OF THE CROSS. 18-19
''message of the cross'' -- word or logos; the whole totality of truth contained in and revealed through the cross. The cross was the heart of the gospel and the central theme of Christianity. The word of the cross includes the entire gospel message and work, God's plan and provision for man's redemption. Christ's work on the cross is the pinnacle of God's revealed word.
Romans 1:16, ''For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.''
A. FOOLISHNESS OF THE CROSS. 18a
''foolishness'' -- moron; absolute nonsense; absurdity. That anything significant should be accomplished through the death of a carpenter of Nazareth was sheer absurdity to the Greek mind. That one man (even the Son of God) could die on a piece of wood on a nondescript hill in a nondescript part of ...
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