The Necessity of the Cross

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Agony and the Ecstasy

TITLE:  The Necessity of the Cross

Scripture:  I Cor. 1:18-25

 

I.    IT WAS NECESSARY TO FULFILL GOD’S PLAN    

“A void has opened in the heart of Christianity. Where the cross once stood is now a vacuum.”

Remember these two words: Penal substitution.  Penal denotes (punishment). Substitution speaks of a (replacement).  Penal substitution atonement is where one person bears the penalty someone else deserves.

Plain teaching of Scripture: “Christ died for the ungodly.” (Rom.5:6) “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom.5:8)  “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” (Rom.4:25) (NLT)

“The cross is a powerful interruption to our ‘easy way out’ thinking. It catches us up short. It confronts our vain wishes. The horrible suffering and death of the perfect Messiah, Jesus, on a criminal’s cross, outside of the city on a hill of death, tells us in no uncertain terms that when it comes to humanity’s deepest and inescapable problem, there is no easy way out. None.” Tripp

 

II.   IT WAS NECESSARY TO PAY FOR SIN (and our salvation)                 

What is sin?

1)     Doing what (God forbids).

2)     Not doing what the (Word of God requires).

4 essential things about God’s forgiveness:

1.     It is (inclusive).

2.     It is (for now).

3.     It is for those (who want it).

4.     Leads to (godly living).

Theme: Life on the Edge / Series: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Title: The Heart of the Cross- Romans 3: 9-31

 

 

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