Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians

Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians
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Carson, D. A.

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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.

About the Author

D. A. Carson (PhD, 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-five book, including The King James Version Debate; How Long, O Lord?; A Call to Spiritual Reformation; and Justification and Variegated Nomism.

Book Details

137 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN 10: 0801091683
ISBN 13: 9780801091681

“One of Luther's great Reformation insights was the theology of the cross—that neither God nor Christian experience match natural human expectations; and that, as God revealed himself on the cross in weakness and suffering, so he manifests himself in the lives of believers in similar fashion. Yet few Protestant theologians have ever really picked up and developed these insights, something which is most surprising as it seems to capture the essence of Pauls' teaching in 1 Corinthians. Thus, it is a pleasure to commend this little book by Don Carson as a must-read for anyone going in to the pastorate and, indeed, for all Christians in general. Through careful exposition and down-to-earth application, Carson digs real gems of pastoral wisdom from Paul and offers a realistic, biblical view of what to expect as a pastor or, indeed, as anyone involved in church leadership of any kind. In a day obsessed with slick technique and personal comfort, this book is a biblical reality-check.”
- Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean of Faculty and Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

“New Testament scholar D. A. Carson has reminded us once again of the centrality of the cross not only for redemption (where it is and most certainly ought to be central) but also for ministry. The cross is not only the source of salvation, but also the model for ministry. Carson helpfully unpacks this reality in this fine exposition of aspects of Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth. While the image of the cross is popular today, adorning church buildings and necklaces, it was in its day a horrible symbol of death by execution, a symbol of evil, torture, and shame. And Christian ministry ought to be understood to stand within the shadow of the cross, that cross in particular. Carson presents a comprehensive view of what the cross means for ministry regarding preaching, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, factionalism in the church, servant leadership, and world Christianity. While this is a relatively brief book, it communicates a profound message.”
- Jeff Waddington, Westminster Bookstore Staff