[House Church Talk] The Cross

Bruce Woodford bwood4d at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 23 07:48:09 EST 2004


Dear brothers and sisters,

I have recently been listening to Wayne Jacobsen (of www.lifestream.org) 
speaking on "The Cross".  I'm beginning to realize how little appreciation 
I've had and how little I understand of the cross and it's practical 
implications in my life and relationship to the Father and the Lord Jesus.

I'm coming to realize that it is a subject of far greater importance than I 
've ever given to it before! Have any of you studied/received teaching on 
the subject of the cross so that it has made a marked difference in how you 
practically and personally relate to the Father, to the world, and to other 
believers around you?
If so, would you care to share your thoughts on any or all of the scriptures 
below?

I Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the 
gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of 
none effect.
18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but 
unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring 
to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this 
world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it 
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto 
the Greeks foolishness;
24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power 
of God, and the wisdom of God.

I Corinthians 2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with 
excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and 
him crucified.
3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's 
wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power 
of God.

Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, 
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live 
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should 
not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set 
forth  (previously described/written), crucified among you?

Galatians 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the 
world.

I would really appreciate help in practically understanding these things.

Your brother in Christ,
Bruce

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