Perspectives of the Cross
No symbol encapsulates the soul of the Christian faith like the cross. In love, Jesus was sent by His Father to die on a cross for the salvation of the world—and yet the way of the cross isn’t to be Jesus’ alone. Jesus declared that those who purpose to be His followers must pick up their cross daily and follow Him.
In this series, we are going to gaze at the cross through the eyes of those who saw it first-hand, each of them bringing a different perspective to what they saw. The first perspective comes from a Roman centurion who was physically responsible for putting Jesus on the cross. The second comes from Joseph of Arimathea, who tended to Jesus’ body after He was taken down from the cross. The third perspective comes from Mary and Joanna, who saw firsthand that the cross wasn’t the end of the Story. Lastly—the week after Easter—we will look back at the cross and consider what our perspective today calls us to and assures us of.
The hope of this series is for us to see that, regardless of what our perspective is, we are all called to respond in the same way—with awe and worship of the One who took the cross for us.
Part 4Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (27828KB)
Date: April 8, 2018
Text: Ephesians 1:20-23
As we wrap up our series, 'Perspectives On the Cross' we will look more closely at the power of the resurrection. Does the resurrection of Jesus still have power today? If so, what is it doing and how can we experience it?
Part 3 // Easter SundaySpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24701KB)
Date: April 1, 2018
Text: Luke 23:55-24:12
In this Easter Sunday message, we gaze at the cross of Jesus through the eyes of three women who observed things first hand. Through their eyes we consider what keep us from fully accepting the reality and implications of the cross today.
Part 2 // Good FridaySpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (23353KB)
Date: March 30, 2018
Text: John 19:38-42
In this Good Friday message, we view the cross through the eyes of Joseph and Nicodemus, two Jewish socialites who remind us that the cross calls, costs and comforts.
Part 1 // Palm SundaySpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25327KB)
Date: March 25, 2018
Text: Mark 15:33-39
In this sermon we will begin our series, 'Perspectives On the Cross' by looking at the perspective of the Roman Centurion who supervised the crucifixion of Jesus. We'll consider how he might have thought about Jesus as the day began and the radical paradigm shift he experienced only hours later.