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Centrality of cross

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The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is central to the Christian faith. Through the cross and resurrection of Christ, God achieved the redemption of believers and brought hope to the world.

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The gospel as the “message of the cross”

1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
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The cross redeems from the curse of the law

Galatians 3:13 NIV
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
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The cross brings reconciliation and justification

Romans 4:25 NIV
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
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The cross destroys the power of Satan

Colossians 2:13–15 NIV
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
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The cross as a stumbling-block or offence

1 Corinthians 1:22–24 NIV
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
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The cross unites believers with Jesus Christ

Romans 6:4–7 NIV
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
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The cross as a symbol of discipleship

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