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Crossroads - The Cross of Christ


Four local church pastors discuss the cross. 

Michael John, pastor of Market Street Baptist Church, moderates this discussion on the cross with panelists Dave Hammer, pastor of Danville Baptist Church, Rick Harrington, pastor of First Baptist Church of Haverhill, MA and Brian Bethke, pastor of Middleton Congregational Church.


PART 1: Exploring the Text

Jesus gives clear direction as to who He is and what He is about to do. Peter embraces the person of Christ, but is initially offended by the cross. Why is that the case? Why did a faithful disciple and follower of JEsus take such offense at his prediction of his death? Why did Jesus accuse Peter of doing the Devil's work? Why was it necessary for the Christ to die? Why did he have to die on a Cross? 


PART 2: Applying the Text 

The Cross is a great offense to many in this world...progressives say that this teaching on the cross is "Divine Child Abuse"...that it is barbaric to think that God would demand blood payment in order to forgive our sins...why can't God just forgive us? Do they have a point? The Muslims also are offended by the cross for a different reason (similar to the Jews offense).  They see this as a humiliating defeat for their Prophet. Therefore, God tricked the world and made it only appear as if Jesus died. It was actually Judas (or maybe Simon of Cyrene) who was crucified...Jesus did not taste death but ascended to heaven. Do they have a point? How is the cross not a humiliating defeat for Jesus? How does the Biblical teaching of the Cross confront our world today? Particularly American culture.

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