"THE CENTRALITY OF THE CROSS"

Rev. Lon Lorton

January 21, 2018

Galatians 6:11-16

The cross is central to the Christian.

  • Remember Christ and the cross.  Galatians 6:14
  • Make the cross central in your own life.  Galatians 2:20

The cross provides power.

  • Look to the power of Christ.

The cross provides a relationship, not a religion.

  • Do not let religion replace the cross.
  • Focus on your relationship with Christ.  Galatians 5:1-2 and 4
  • Serve God out of love instead of duty.

The cross provides a new view of your world.

  • Let yourself be spiritually crucified with Christ.  Galatians 6:14
  • Line up your life with the life of Jesus.

The cross provides our identity.

  • Carry your cross daily.  1 Corinthians 15:31
  • Bear the abuse Jesus bore.
  • Recognize that you are a new creation.  Galatians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 5:17

The cross provides peace and mercy.

  • Walk according to the "Rule of the Cross."
  • Guard against trusting in religion.
  • Let the Holy Spirit empower us.