The Power of the Cross

I would agree with much of what Roger Olson says about evangelical churches and a serious lack of preaching on the cross. We have stripped the symbols of the cross out of our sanctuaries (or coffee shops or worship centers or whatever we’re calling them these days).

The ironic piece is that I am actually preaching a series on 1 Corinthians from the lectionary readings and the focal point is the cross of Christ. I have been especially helped by Daniel Kirk’s commentary on the text at workingpreacher.org.

And it’s even more ironic because as I have been preaching on the cross, we have experienced more of a move of the Spirit in our services. So, to those who may still claim Pentecostals don’t focus on the cross… I just want to say…. well, I’ll refrain. 😉

2 thoughts on “The Power of the Cross

  1. there is power in the blood of Christ, and in the power of the cross. Paul says in the word that he wanted to know the power of His resurrection. Wanting to live like Jesus lived, live like Jesus died, die like Jesus died. all of that.
    And we really should have that desire also. Focusing on the cross as the ultimate answer to faith, mercy, grace, love, compassion, forgiveness, healing, empowerment… all that. what an effective church body it would be. It’s all right there.

    A church that doesnt preach about Christ and the cross , being one of the key essentials to christianity, to me, is an ineffective church. No matter where its being held.. churches, school gymnasiums, coffee shops, home /cell groups, etc. I might as well just go to a pep rally or motivational seminar or how-to boot camp.

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