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  • Writer's pictureMatt Beaney

#1024. The cross is the power of God (1/4/24)

This week, following on from Easter I want to reflect on the centrality of the cross. Today we think about how the cross is the power of God. 


‘For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the gospel – not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’ (1 Corinthians 1:17-18)

Lesson: Let’s make the message of the cross central to our message because it has the power to save. 


You can listen to this devotional below:


What is central in your life? If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend a lot of time thinking about food, doing things I enjoy, how long until I have a holiday, what I’ll do in the future … There are many good things for us to enjoy and aim for, but all good things are kept in their right place as we put the cross at the centre of our lives. Like the sun at the centre of our solar system, the gravity of the cross keeps everything aligned. 


As we reflect on this text, may we recommit ourselves to the message and power of the cross. We may be tempted to rely on our own eloquence or wisdom when sharing our faith, but it is ultimately the message of the cross that has the power to save. It is through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross that we are reconciled to God and receive the gift of eternal life. As we share our story of why we are a Christian, let’s ensure that it’s a story that revolves around the cross because it’s the God-given message that saves. 


Let us also remember that the message of the cross, although powerful, may seem like foolishness to those who do not believe. We may face opposition or ridicule when we share the gospel with others, but we can take heart knowing that the power of the cross is not diminished by human scepticism or rejection and God, in His power and love, can use this message to change any heart. 


RESPONSE

Let’s make the message of the cross central to our message because it has the power to save. As we go about our day, let us keep the centrality of the cross in our hearts and minds. Let us seek to share the message of the cross with others, not relying on our own strength or wisdom, but on the power of God's love demonstrated through Christ's sacrifice on the cross.


 

COMMUNITY GROUP NOTES AND STUDY

There are no notes for this week. However, if you are meeting, feel free to use this Easter Sunday devotional as a basis for your study and discussion together.

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