by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: The Triumph of the Cross
Series: The Cross Of Christ
Stuart Briscoe
Colossians 2:6-15

The cross of Christ is more often seen as a tragedy than a triumph, but Scripture points out that through Christ's death and resurrection God won a victory for humankind that they can and should enjoy for all time and eternity.

I. The Triumph of the Cross as a Historical Event.

A. The triumphant cry-"Finished." John 19:30

B. The triumphant death-"No one takes it from me." John 10:18

C. The triumphant resurrection.

2. Empty tomb.

3. Missing body.

4. Transformed disciples.

II. The Triumph of the Cross as a Spiritual Reality.

A. The reality that Christ Jesus is Lord. v. 6
1. Lord of creation-"all things were created by Him and for Him." 1:16

2. The fullness of Deity resides in Him. 2:9

3. Head over every power and authority. 2:10

B. The reality of Christ's death.


Part 6: The Bearing of the Cross
Series: The Cross Of Christ
Stuart Briscoe
2 Corinthians 4:8-18

When Jesus said that He was going to die on a cross the disciples were totally perplexed. But then He told them that they must bear their cross as well. This lesson on discipleship was hard for them to grasp, and disciples to this day still wonder what He meant.

I. Bearing the Cross of Suffering. Romans 8:17b 23

A. The universal experience of human suffering.
1. The whole creation is "subjected to frustration…in bondage to decay."

2. The whole of humanity is subject to suffering, pain, disease, and death.

B. The unique experience of Christian suffering.
1. Christian suffering is a sharing in Christ's suffering.
a. Christ was not remote from human pain-He endured it.

b. Christian suffering is therefore a sharing in Christ's suffering.

2. Christian Suffering is a prelude to sharing Christ's glory.
a. The Christ who suffered is glorified.

b. The Christian anticipates glory after suffering.

3. Christian suffering serves as a means to maturity. Romans 5:3-4
a. What the Christian knows about suffering.

b. How the Christian responds to suffering.
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