DA Carson on the Cross

Friends,

Could be that I have posted this before and forgotten. I repent if I have, but as I prepare for a new series of sermons due to begin in February, I came across this quote and thought it deserved a place of its own:

For too long, many evangelicals have viewed the cross exclusively as the means by which God in Christ Jesus achieved our redemption. Of course, no Christian would want to minimize the centrality of the cross in God’s redemptive purposes. But if we view it as the means of our salvation and nothing more, we shall overlook many of its functions in the New Testament. In particular, so far as this study is concerned, we shall fail to see how the cross stands as the test and standard of all vital Christian ministry. The cross not only establishes what we are to preach, but how we are to preach. It prescribes what Christian leaders must be and how Christians must view leaders. It tells us how to serve and draws us onward in discipleship until we understand what it means to be world Christians.” (The Cross and Christian Ministry, p 9)

Amen.

jerry

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