Good News Articles - February 28, 2024
From Rev. Steve Badskey
The hymn “In The Cross of Christ I Glory” is considered to be one of the finest reflections on the meaning of the cross.
Stanza 1 affirms that the cross and what it represents have survived all the attacks of time.
“In the cross of Christ I glory, Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.”
A. We glory in the cross because it is a symbol of the death of Christ: Jn. 19.17
B. Thus, the message of the cross is the message of salvation: 1 Cor. 1.18-21
C. There are those who wish that the offense of the cross would cease, but it still towers over the wrecks of time: Gal. 5.11
Stanza 2 affirms that in times of fear, disappointment, and defeat the cross will stand by us with its deliverance.
“When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me; Lo! it glows with peace and joy.”
A. The woes of life will overtake everyone from time to time: Job 14.1, Psa. 90.10
B. Especially will the woes of persecution follow the Christian: 2 Tim. 3.12
C. Many will turn away from Christ to avoid persecution and other perceived problems, but God’s faithful will still cling to it even in times of woe, as Paul did, because of its blessings: Gal. 6.11-12
Stanza 3 affirms that when things are going well, consciousness of the fact that our lives are linked to the cross will make the glory of eternity more important than our fleeing joys.
“When the sun of bliss is beaming Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day.”
A. Sometimes life brings situations of joy and happiness when we abound to us: Eccl. 3.12-13
B. And these times of joy are made even greater by the knowledge of the blessings that we have in the Lord: Eccl. 3.4-6
C. The reason for this is that not through any earthly things but only through the blood of the cross can we have peace with God: Col. 1.19-20
Stanza 4 affirms that the opposites in life are reconciled when we view them with respect to the cross along with the peace and joy that it brings.
“Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure, Joys that through all time abide.”
A. Life will bring to all pain and pleasure, bane and blessing: Phil. 4.11-13
B. However, these things are sanctified in the sense that they can be used to help us grow and accomplish God’s will in our lives: Jas. 1.2-3
C. This is because whatever comes to us in life, we can rejoice that our sins were taken away and nailed to the cross: Col. 2.14
The glory of the cross is not in its physical shape or its use as a decoration, but its scriptural meaning to us in times of both defeat and victory. It is for this reason that it has represented Christianity through the centuries.
Save These Dates
Jennifer Ford, a member of TMS Global’s Seeds of Hope team, our mission partner in Selma, will be the guest speaker at next month’s Lester Spencer Circle. You are invited to join them at 2:00 on March 19 in Room 26 as Jennifer shares about the work being done in East Selma to make Jesus known.
Since Easter falls on our next fifth Sunday, we will not have our regular Fifth Sunday Gathering for missions during the Sunday School hour on March 31. Instead, we will gather on April 21 at 9:15 in the CAC to share refreshments, fellowship, and welcome Szabolcs Kerekes, our missionary partner from Hungary. Szabolcs will be sharing about his ministries in Budapest. In his last letter, Szabolcs wrote, “Your church, your faith and love has always been an encouragement to me! I am looking forward to meeting all of you and sharing with you. Thank you for your love and prayers and support!”
Sunday, March 3, 2024
"Taking Care Of Business...God's Business" - Rev. Misty Barrett
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.