In this series, I want to focus on some of these paradoxes of the cross by using scenes from the gospels, combined with the commentary of Paul, to change the way that we think about the cross. And why? Because the hardest part of conversion is not the forgiveness of our sins – not even our most stubborn ones – but the transformation of our values. It is not that we consistently do the wrong things, but that we have always wanted the wrong things. Like Paul, we want wisdom and power, freedom and glory – and well we should since there is nothing wrong with them – but they do not mean what think they mean. We end up chasing fool’s gold. In the Divine economy, wisdom and power, freedom and glory mean different things and so the way into them is different as well.

Week 1 “The Wisdom of Fools” 1 Corinthians 1:17-25; 2:1-5, Rev Steve DeNeff

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Week 2 “The Freedom of Obedience” John 8:31-36; Phil. 2:5-8, Rev. Steve DeNeff

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Week 3 “The Power of Humility” Mark 10:35-45; 1 Cor. 1:26-31, Rev. Steve DeNeff

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Week 4 “The Utter Relief of Forgiveness” Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 2:14-18, Rev. Chris Williams

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Week 5 “The Glory of Disgrace” Luke 23:32-43, 47; Col. 2:13-15, Rev. Steve DeNeff

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Week 6 “The Victory of Self-Surrender” John 12:23-33; Rom. 5:6-8, Rev. Judy Crossman

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Week 7 “The Rising of the Crucified” Luke 24:1-8; Galatians 2:20-21, Rev. Steve DeNeff

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