No Cross in Preaching

crosschristI was talking to a preacher the other day about “cross-less” preaching. This is the kind of preaching that does not have the Cross of Christ in it. It may emphasize “God is gonna hook you up.” It may emphasize how to “win in the game of life.” You may help people to be better at work and you may even help them have better relationships, but something is still deeply wrong if the sacrifice of Christ for humanity is missing. Something is wrong if we preach and there is no “taking up of our cross.” (Mark 8:34-35).

The cross, is still foolishness, a stumbling block, and an “offense” even today (1 Corinthians 1:23, Galatians 5:11). Today if we will have the power of God in our preaching and if we will see the change of God in our people, then we must not neglect the cross.

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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