The Cross by Mike Cleveland
Finding Life in Jesus' Death

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There has come a very destructive teaching into the church in the past century, a teaching that basically says this: "the gospel is 'the salvation message.' It is for unbelievers to 'get saved, and then we move on to deeper teachings.'" As if to say that the gospel is just some spiritual kindergarten through which we pass, tipping our hats to the cross, on our way to the deeper teachings of the Bible. This is destructive because it implies that once we know the gospel, we're good to go, we can move beyond that now, we're saved. But you see this is a half-truth. It is true that the gospel is a salvation message, it is "the power of God unto salvation" (Romans 1:16). But it is also a sanctification message, in other words, that which sets believers apart from our sins. In Galatians 3 Paul is talking to believers who were trying to set themselves apart from sin by their own efforts at keeping the Law, and what he says to them in verse 1 is amazing. He says, "you foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes, Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified." In other words, the cross is the message that will separate us from our sins. The cross is not merely a salvation message, it is also a sanctification message. It's for believers. This book seeks to reveal the great treasure that is in the gospel of Jesus Christ, both to help unbelievers find life in Jesus Christ, and believers to grow in their relationship with Him.

About Mike Cleveland

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Mike is a full-time pilot with Continental Airlilnes. He and his wife, Jody, have six children. Mike has written seven books, is the speaker on " Setting Captives Free Radio" and is currently working on his PHD in Pulpit Communications and Expository Preaching from Trinity College and Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana.
Published March 30, 2012 by Publish Green. 356 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference.

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