by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Message of the Cross
Series: The Cross Of Christ
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Cicero, the great Roman statesman, said that crucifixion was "a most cruel and disgusting punishment" and that "there is no fitting word that can possibly describe so horrible a deed." Yet the cross became, and is still, the focus of the Christian message.

I. The Cross-the Focus of Christ's Life.

A. A sense of necessity…"it is necessary." Luke 2:48

B. A sense of history. Mark 10:32 34; See also Luke 24:25 27
1. Allusions to Daniel 7, "Son of Man."

2. Allusions to Isaiah 53, the suffering Servant.

B. A sense of destiny…His "hour." John 12:20 28; 13:1; 17:1

C. A sense of reality. Mark 14:32 42

D. A sense of finality…"Finished." John 19:30

II. The Cross-the Focus of the Apostles' Proclamation.

A. Peter at Pentecost. Acts 2:22 24
1. By God's set purpose and foreknowledge. See 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18

2. You, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death.
a. Jews out of envy. Matthew 27:18


Part 2: The Offense of the Cross
Series: The Cross Of Christ
Stuart Briscoe
Galatians 5:11; 6:12

John Stott says that "at Christ's cross (many) have found their pride bro¬ken, their guilt expunged, their love kindled, their hope restored and their character transformed." But many others find the cross offensive. What exactly is the "offense of the cross?"

I. The Offense of the Cross-Perceptions on How It Portrays God.

A. Why would God send an innocent person to His death?

B. Why would a Father forsake His Son at the point of His need?

C. Why can't God just forgive like He tells us to forgive?

D. Why does God make us the way we are then judge us?

E. Why, if God is love, is He so angry?

II. The Offense of the Cross-What It Says About Humanity.

A. The human condition.
1. "The whole world is a prisoner of sin." Galatians 3:22
a. Deviance.

b. Deficiency.

c. Disobedience.

2. "Held prisoners by the law, locked up." Galatians 3:23
a. "The law is holy, righteous, and good." Romans 7:12
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