- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (1 Feb. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801091683
- ISBN-13: 978-0801091681
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians Paperback – 1 Feb 2004
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From the Back Cover
Is the cross truly the center of your ministry?
Today we commonly see images of the cross adorning churches, dangling from necklaces, and gleaming from lapels. Yet the image that is so sanitized for us today was grotesque and abhorrent to those living in the first century. It was a symbol of evil, torture, and shame. It is this realistic and horrifying view of the cross that should call us to Christian ministry and compel us to share the Good News of Christ's triumph over death.
Through his exposition of 1 Corinthians, D. A. Carson presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and ministering to God's people. He confronts the issues of factionalism, servant-leadership, shaping "world" Christians, and the source of knowledge in order to help Christian leaders learn principles for dynamic, cross-centered worship.
D. A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or editor of over forty books, including The King James Version Debate; How Long, O Lord?; A Call to Spiritual Reformation; and Justification and Variegated Nomism.
About the Author
D. A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including How Long, O Lord? , Teach Us to Pray, and Right with God.
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***In Brief Summary
What is wisdom? Seeing Christ, His servitude, the cross, how He glorified the Father, and living in light of that.
My preaching, whether in a church or to one person, should be centered on the message (the cross) rather than the form to show myself as impressive.
I may think I am so wise, but I must remember I don't know anything about God unless the Spirit reveals it to me. " For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?" (1 Cor. 4:7).
If that is the case, why should I boast over any other preacher? Nobody has all the answers. It would be immature for me to make a special, secluded group if we are all the temple of God. The leaders are only doing what God gives them.
So why should I strive to be a leader? The fame? The freedom? What about all that responsibility? The suffering? If Jesus is my example I cannot be arrogant, I am not the main character.
So if we are all the temple of God, our allegiance to Him surpasses any culture. It doesn't matter what country you own up to, you are now a citizen of heaven. You do have rights, and you will have to give up those rights at times for the sake of the gospel.
***The Chocolate Milk
+ The final section (2:1-5) was of great benefit. Rather than paying mind to soon-to-be-eclipsed cultural values that could get in the way of our Cross-focused lives, Carson gives enduring principles from Paul on what should be at the forefront of our minds.Read more ›