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The Cross - A Free Course

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Setting Captives Free provides FREE online courses to help overcome habitual sin. You're previewing the The Cross course, one of our Bible Study courses. Setting Captives Free provides FREE online courses to help overcome habitual sin..

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Day 1 - Part 1

Why all the fuss about the cross? What can we possibly discover and communicate about it that would warrant a 60-day course? In this lesson we are going to introduce our study, and consider just how really important the death of Jesus Christ is.

Can you imagine a subject so important that somebody would determine to know only it and nothing else? Is there any one subject in your life that is so important that you have determined that it would be the main subject of your entire life, and that you would seek to have your life revolve around it and direct all your conversations toward it?

Paul had one such subject. Let's examine it:

1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Cor. 2:1-5

Question 1

According to 1 Corinthians 2:1-2, what was Paul's message to the Corinthians?

Next, please review Romans 1:16 to give additional perspective:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (HCSB)

Question 2

According to Romans 1:16 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, what is the gospel (the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) called?

We note that the death of Jesus Christ was Paul's one subject, which was of such importance that he decided to know nothing but the cross. Wow! That is some kind of focus, isn't it? That is certainly being single-minded. And we also notice that in Romans 1:16 Paul called ...

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