Dr. Carl Trueman on the Theology of the Cross

Recently, I had the delight of discovering a Gospel-Driven focused church, Desert Springs Church, located in Albuquerque, NM. They have a great selection of Gospel centered sermons to download.

I listened to Dr. Carl Trueman’s sermon today entitled, “Theology of the Cross: The Forgotten Heart of the Reformation.” It is quite excellent and very encouraging. If you are looking for examples of Gospel-Driven, Christ-centered preaching/teaching, download it and be blessed.

Dr. Trueman, teaching from 1 Corinthians 1, reminds us that weakness is the normal condition of the Christian. But, in light of our weakness, Dr. Trueman exhorts believers to have confidence in the Gospel and to realize that God delights in using weak vessels? Why? Because in using weak vessels He demonstrates his own power in a far more effective and decisive way than we could ever have imagined.

One Response to Dr. Carl Trueman on the Theology of the Cross

  1. Jim McCarthy says:

    2 Corinthians
    9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    This theme of God using the weakness of men (and also the weakest of men) is found throughout scripture. He chose to make Abraham, who was too old to be a father of anyone, the “father of many nations.” He chose to use Moses, a stuttering murderer, to liberate captive Israel. He chose to use David, a small shepard boy, to slay a giant and rule as king. He used Saul, a persecutor and hater of Christians, to be an apostle and proclaim the Gospel to the Gentiles. God even decided to come to us in weakness, not as a king, but small child born in a manger. Christ, though He is the all-powerful God, appeared to us in weakness to show that God’s power “is made perfect in weakness.”

    Isaiah 53:
    2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
    he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
    3 He was despised and rejected [2] by men;
    a man of sorrows, [3] and acquainted with [4] grief; [5]
    and as one from whom men hide their faces [6]
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

    4 Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
    yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
    5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his stripes we are healed.
    6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

    also…

    Philippians 2:
    5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [1] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, [2] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    I do rejoice in the fact that God delights in and uses my weakness, for truly it is all I have to offer Him.

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