Messages on the true continuing work of the cross in the believer’s life have nearly disappeared.
No longer are messages heard on how a Christian is to die to live moment‑by‑moment in Christ. The life blood of the gospel is Jesus on the cross as our substitute and our identification in His death and resurrection. As Christians, we identify with Him experientially if we are to live experientially by Him. Our old man is dead with Christ positionally, and now we must by faith reckon ourselves dead to sin, moment‑by‑moment, experientially. (See Romans 6:6, 11 and 13)
Why don’t we hear sermons on the crucified life? Why don’t we hear sermons on how Christians are to put away works of the flesh in everyday life that we might live by the power of the Spirit? When did these messages on the crucified life become lost?
Today’s sermons may bring twelve steps or a new focus. Ministers seem to believe they must come up with another unusual or vivid way to package ethical principles for creating better Christian conduct. Beloved, the power of Christ is as simple as it is old. It is simply Christ and Him crucified and us with Him in our daily life.
It is time true believers cried out for ministers and churches to return to biblical gospel messages that feed their hearts and bless their souls.