THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS
1 Cor. 1:17-25
An unsaved man has no idea of what
really happened on the cross of Calvary. If there is anything that should be very clear about our testimony to the world,
it should be our preaching of the cross.
However, I find that people who KNOW the
truth of the cross do not MAJOR in that truth when dealing with the issues of salvation. We must remember, "the cross of Jesus"
we must continue to preach and teach the cross. The cross is the way of salvation.
It does a sinner little good for him to be told to pray for forgiveness if he has not heard the
message of the cross. Prayer is not the power of God to save the lost; the CROSS is. Many unbelievers have been told to invite
Jesus into their hearts and lives, but they have not been told what was accomplished for their sins on the cross of Calvary.
Let us review the importance of the preaching
of the cross this morning!
The preaching of the cross reveals
I. GOD’S GUIDE TO SALVATION
1. God’s Starting Point (Rom 3:23, 5:12, & 6:23)
A. We are
B. We have been
C. We have been
2. God’s Substitute
who takes our place (Rom.5:8)
A. He is our propitiation
B. He paid our sin debt
3. God’s Sovereign Plan
A. The Roman Road
II. GOD’S GRACE IN JESUS CHRIST (Eph.2:8-9)
1. He was sensitive to our great need
A. We cannot save ourselves
2. He was submissive to the plan of salvation
A. Obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross
3. He was the substitute God accepted
A. He became sin for
B. He was made
a curse for us
III. GOD’S GUARANTEE OF ETERNAL LIFE
(John 5:24) (1 John 5:13)
1. Eternal life has been perfected
by Jesus Christ
2. Eternal life is promised
by the word of God (Luke 19:10)
3. Eternal life is possessed by the believing
IV. GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE (IJohn 4:10)
1. His gift of love is precious
A. God's gift
of eternal life is unique in the universe.
B. It is unique
in time and eternity.
2. His gift of love is purchased
A. With the blood of
3. His gift of Salvation through His love
is free, but it is not
4. His gift of love is personal
A. It must
be received individually
B. It is
received through faith