Newsletter from Senior Pastor Paul Dale
The cross stands at the heart of our Christian faith! So there was a reason why the early disciples chose the cross as the symbol of faith (rather than the dove or the fish or the scales etc.). There was a reason early church architecture designed church building in the shape of the cross. There is a reason why we keep on preaching the cross of Christ. Because the cross really is central in all we believe and live for!
Our new sermon series (starting 28 July) is entitled ‘At one moment’, and we’ll be spending 5 weeks looking at the cross of Christ.
JC Ryle said “Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book.”
Billy Graham said “God proved his love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’
My hope and prayer is that as our understanding of God’s finished work on the cross is expanded, as our mind is captivated by the love of God shown at Calvary, our spiritual lives will be energized, refreshed and transformed.
There are a number of ways you could prepare for this sermon series:
1. Buy one or more of the recommended books and commit to read alongside the preaching:
- The Cross of Christ by John Stott (Very in-depth read)
- The Truth of the Cross by R C Sproul (Medium Read)
- Making the Most of the Cross by John Chapman (Easy read)
- Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by C. J. Mahaney (Practical)
- A Doubters Guide to Jesus by John Dickson (Historical)
2. Ask someone to read one of these books with you – and arrange a weekly or fortnightly catch up to chat about what God had been teaching you
3. Grab a copy of the sermon series booklet (available through connect leaders now, or pick one up at church). Commit to the daily bible readings – starting the week before the sermon
4. Commit to memorizing 5 verses of Scripture about the cross (some recommendations are in the booklet, but feel free to choose your own!)
5. Spend time meditating on Isaiah 53 – go slowly, verse by verse, journaling reflections and jotting down any questions you have
These are just a few suggestions….
Praying for an outpouring of God’s Spirit on our church as we focus again on the cross of Jesus
In His grace