Category Archives: Ministry
For the first part of this year, my small group will be reviewing selected parables and illustrations from the Gospel of Luke during our weekly Friday night meetings. This series of posts will be a summary of some, but certainly not all, of the highlights.
The first group of parables we considered were in Luke 5:36-38:
And He also spoke a parable to them: No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise, he will tear the new garment, and also the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be poured out and the wineskins will be ruined; but new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. Read the rest of this entry
Making my way through the Minor Prophets as part of my year-end Bible reading schedule, I came across this previously unnoticed but indescribably sweet verse, which is a most fitting coda to my previous posts on the word of the cross:
And someone will say to Him, What are these wounds between Your arms? And He will say, Those with which I was wounded in the house of those who love Me. (Zech. 13:6) Read the rest of this entry
As a conclusion to my earlier posts on “The Word of the Cross”, I was impressed to see that a fresh revelation of the crucified Christ will spontaneously result in the following subjective realizations:
1. We will hate our sins.
We will realize that Christ was wounded because of our transgressions and that He was crushed because of our iniquities (Isa 53:6). It was not the sins of other men that caused Him to die. It was not the plot of Jewish religionists or the cowardice of Roman politicians which led to His death. The subjective realization of the sinner is, “Christ died because of my sins.” Read the rest of this entry
This weekend I attended a Christian conference with the subject being “The Word of the Cross”. I had an awesome time. The conference was sponsored by a number of Southern California campus ministries, including USC Christian Students.
In an earlier post I laid out some thoughts about the need for a fresh, spiritual seeing of the crucified Christ. Our prayers were answered with the presentation of the following clear words which convey the four-fold significance of the cross of Christ: Read the rest of this entry
In a few days I will be participating in a Christian conference on the topic of “The Word of the Cross”. The title is directly taken from 1 Corinthians 1:18:
For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.