Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Jesus Christ and Him Crucified

" And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. " ---1 Corinthians 2 : 1-5

Jesus Christ and Him crucified.... This should be the central theme of all that is preached . All messages should point to the cross. The church today has been sucked in to believing the lie that we must preach about things "that will interest people", that we must "tickle ears and make people feel good", or they won't come back. My question is what good is it if they come back week after week to have their ears tickled and all the while they are headed straight for hell? What does this world need the most today? Do they need another sermon on the "15 steps to financial success"? I'll tell you what they need, they need the life changing, soul saving message of the cross, of Jesus Christ and Him crucified ! The world needs to know the consequences of sin and their inherent need for a Savior, Jesus Christ. The world needs to see the law and how Jesus came to fulfill the law. Paul preached nothing but Christ and Him Crucified. The first church moved in power and grew daily by the preaching of Christ and Him crucified.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” We must all realize that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness. We are not worthy of God’s grace.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Through Jesus, God gave us a way to be saved from our sins. God showed us His love by giving us the potential for life through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we remain sinners, we will die. However, if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and repent of our sins, we will have eternal life.
Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Just confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved!
Romans 10:13 “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” There are no religious formulas or rituals -- Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved!
Romans 11:36: "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." Determine in your heart to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life today.

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