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  1. Dallas says:

    I’ve been taking a little bit of a break recently, but posted this last night.

    Bright Light and Dark Shadow

  2. Potatoehead says:

    It is easy to build a church.

    If the pastor stops to think that it is God’s church and wonders how He wants it built, there will be no trouble.

    But if the pastor looks upon it as his church, he will have a problem on his hands.

    Let him not be ambitious to have his church; his ambition must be for God to have a church.

    It is God’s building.

    Paul wrote: …as a wise master-builder I laid a foundation; and another buildeth thereon.

    But let each man take heed how he buildeth thereon.

    For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    But if any man buildeth on the foundation gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, stubble; each man’s work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself shall prove each man’s work of what sort it is.

    This Calvary Chapel division will not end well if certain men don’t let God be God and accept what God’s solution for Calvary Chapel may be.

    I don’t know and I doubt that anyone else has gotten down on their knees to find out either.

    It’s time to seek the Lord until He may be found.

  3. Jean says:

    I would like to ask for input from this community for an article I am working on:

    “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2)

    Paul could have preached a resurrected Christ, but instead he preached a crucified Christ. Although the Gospel is comprised of both, Paul specifically emphasizes the crucifixion: “but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles”.

    Why do you think Paul emphasized the scandal and weakness of a cursed crucifixion over the power and victory of the resurrection? Could Paul have been more successful if he had preached the resurrection as the main event?

    Please tell me what you think.

  4. Potatoehead says:

    Provocative Jean.

    I am going to have to think on this.

  5. dusty says:

    Well said potatohead !

  6. Potatoehead says:

    This guy has a good study on the verse.

  7. Potatoehead says:

    The Apostle Paul’s greatest concern in ministry was that he should preach nothing but Christ and the work completed on the Calvary.

    He did not preach to show off his oratorical skills; rather, he spoke with “fear, and … trembling,” denoting the opposite of self-confidence.

    “In the power of God” not only refers to the miracles that accompanied Paul’s preaching (2 Cor. 12:12), but also to the Holy Spirit’s transforming power in the individual lives of the Corinthians when they were converted.

    Far from a mere intellectual conversion through human wisdom, they encountered the Spirit Himself who demonstrated His miraculous presence in them.

    The cross of Jesus Christ is the power of God.

    It is a point of ridicule for those who are perishing in their sins, but it is the only power to save for those who believe.

    All of life’s final issues are settled at the cross: human pride versus God’s provision, man’s sin versus God’s love, our adversary the devil versus God’s perfect Son.

    Here at the cross Jesus cried, “It is finished.”

    Let the power of this finished work settle anything troubling you today.

    The finished work of the cross.

  8. Jean says:

    As a follow on question,

    Do you think an empty cross, a crucifix, or no cross is the most fitting symbol (or non-symbol) for a sanctuary? And why?

  9. Potatoehead says:

    That was Pastor Jack Hayford’s answer.

  10. Potatoehead says:

    All three are fine with me.

    Empty because He is risen and alive.

    Crucifix because He died for our sins.

    No cross because forgetting that which is behind we press ever forward for the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.?

    Kind of lame, I know but that third one stumped me.

  11. Jean says:

    Thank you Potatoehead!

  12. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The crucifixion is where all the action is – the whole enchilada.
    The crucifixion is where Jesus actually gave his Body and Blood for us – that we receive in Holy Communion and it takes on the “for you.”

  13. dusty says:

    Remembering in prayer

    Linneas sister
    Nonnies husband
    Ems friends
    Paigeand her 4 boys

  14. Potatoehead says:

    As a kid, every Catholic Church I attended had a life sized crucifix.

    But since all masses were in Latin back then I didn’t get understanding.

    The Catholic Church I attended wasn’t much for evangelism so there was more emphasis on ritual and such instead of teaching the Bible as I recall.

    I do recall the fine art pictures located at what was called “The stations of the cross.”

    And the little red tea candles where people put coins in a little metal box through a coin-slot and then they would light a few and say some prayers quietly while kneeling on a small bench for that purpose.

  15. Col46 says:

    @ 3 – the crucifixion represents Gods unconditional limitless love for us, I think that’s why Paul emphasized it.

    Plus the resurrection which is victory is only available if you first believe the crucifixion, can’t enjoy the victory until you first understand His love

  16. Jean says:

    Nice, Col46.

  17. dusty says:

    I love that this is a safe place to be. Thank you big brother!

  18. John 20:29 says:

    #3 – Christ crucified… doesn’t the rest of the chapter explain pretty much why?

    is this a leading question? 🙂

  19. John 20:29 says:

    thank you and praying the list with you, dusty

  20. John 20:29 says:

    well my #20 didn’t sound quite right as i meant that i was thankful for dusty’s prayers @ 14
    i wasn’t responding to #18

  21. Paige says:

    Thank you Dusty, faithful prayer warrior, for your diligence regarding my 4 sons…

    Lord bless you. Have a great Sunday…it’s so good to see you here again.

  22. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Back to the question for 1 cor 2:2 Paul wanted to teach Christ crucified because as I said earlier it is the main thing.
    But there is a reason behind his statement – he did not want to be compared to those who come in preaching with all flowery words – or with all scholarly words – or speakers calling attention to himself.

    Paul says no, I will preach only this one thing.

    Will you hear that tomorrow in your church? Not just honorable mention at the end of the service to any unbelievers – but to you the Christian – that Jesus died for you to forgive your sins – a complete sermon on that topic?

    As Mr. T used to say “I pity the poor fool who will not hear Christ and him crucified” – every service.

  23. Lura Humana says:

    Interesting question, Jean #3 What first came to mind is the culture and common occurrences of first century life. In the letter, there are some things that were common knowledge then that are hard for us to grasp now.

    Suspend, for a minute, Col46’s #16 emphasis on redemption and love.

    Crucifixion is the death penalty. Capital punishment. It is an act by the state. Jesus (and the two beside him) were not the only three people crucified in that era. It happened often. Countless times. All over the Roman Empire. What were the attitudes and beliefs that people held in that day about their justice system?

    We’ve had 2000 years in which the meaning of death on a cross has changed and shifted by the Church’s understanding of this event. First Christian Roman Emperor abolished the practice (4th century). What we think about it in 2016 does not matter as much as what they thought then. (OK, OK. Of course what it means now matters. But for understanding what Paul was driving at when he wrote the letter, not so much.)

    Crucifixion is shocking. Chaotic. Grisly. Horrifying.

    Here. I’ll attempt to translate it to known methods of death penalty…. just to take their reality and think of it in our terms.

    I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him hung at the gallows
    (or: lynched in the woods by a mob)

    I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him put to death in the electric chair

    I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him shot by a firing squad

    I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him beheaded by guillotine

    I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him put to death by lethal injection

    The spectacle of it all. A public event, a crowd drawn together for a grisly show. Jeering and taunting. Does preaching crucifixion invite people to be virtual spectators at Jesus’s death? To take a very different journey through that awful event, and instead of jeers and taunts, the event starts to take on a whole new meaning for the listeners. (at that point, yes, the discussion of redemption and love, of sacrifice, of offering is bound together with the most ghastly thing ever.) Definitely not easily forgotten.

    Thanks for asking the question, Jean. It was good to follow that first tendril (1st century culture) and expand on it a bit.

  24. Jean says:

    Thank you Lura. You are on to something. Paul was preaching an event, which would have been quite repugnant to his original listeners.

  25. After looking back at some of my notes for my class in Matthew 27, (which I may finally get to when we observe his birth this year) Paul may be using the term crucifixion as short hand for the entire event of Jesus’. death. decent into hell and the resurrection.

  26. Potatoehead says:

    MLD that makes perfect sense, Paul having shorthand for the entire event.

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