THE CROSS OF CHRIST
                                                 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:1-2 (841)

   Introduction
       A.  In Paul’s statement, “Jesus Christ and him crucified,” there are two facts given which
             explain the phenomenal success of the apostle Paul as a gospel evangelist.
             1.  His consecration to his Master, “Jesus Christ,” and his concentration
                  to his subject, “and him crucified.  Romans 1:16-17 (830)
       B.  The preaching of the cross results in two attitudes (1 Corinthians 1:18):  Foolishness
             to those who will perish and to those who are saved, the power of God.
       C.  Let’s consider four facts revealed by the cross of Christ.

  I.  The cross reveals what the human is. 

       A.  A dual being created by God.  Genesis 1:26-27; 2 Corinthians 4:16 (854)

             1.  Outward- physical
             2.  Inward- spiritual

       B.  A sinner.  Romans 3:23: 6:23a

       C.  Lost and in need of salvation.  Romans 6:23a

  II.  The cross reveals what sin is.

       A.  A transgression.  1 John 3:4 (900).  “To step over or walk across.”        

       B.  Iniquity.  Isaiah 59:1-2 (551).  “Perversity, depravity.”
   
       C.  Unrighteousness. 1 John 5:17 (902).  Violating God’s will.
       
       D.  Knowing God’s will and disobeying.  James 4:17 (893)

IV.  The cross reveals to us the love of God and Christ.  John 3:16; Romans 5:8 (832); John 15:13 (893

V.  The cross of Christ reveals what salvation is.

      A.  Jesus shed His blood for the remission of sins.  Romans 1:16-17; Matt. 26:28 (727)
 
      B.  Jesus gives us a victorious and eternal life.

      C.  We unite with the sacrifice of Jesus in baptism.  Romans 6:17-18 (833); Romans 6:3-6
            1 Peter 3:20-22 (896)

Conclusion:  The death, burial and resurrection of Christ is the heart of Christianity which we have
                     affirmed many times in old hymns.  P546; P197