First published by Baker Books in , The Cross and Christian Ministry presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and pastoring God s people It sets forth workable principles for dynamic, cross centered leadership Now available in paperback Carson argues that the message of the cross must shape all our ministry We forget it is the power of God and maybe think it foolishness We turn to strategic planning instead.This book is a wise exposition of the passages and contains many challenges for Christian leaders Paul resolved to know nothing except Christ and him crucified What would our ministries look like if Christ crucified was at the very center Would musicians really be sneaking their way back up to the stage during the aft Carson argues that the message of the cross must shape all our ministry We forget it is the power of God and maybe think it foolishness We turn to strategic planning instead.This book is a wise exposition of the passages and contains many challenges for Christian leaders Paul resolved to know nothing except Christ and him crucified What would our ministries look like if Christ crucified was at the very center Would musicians really be sneaking their way back up to the stage during the after sermon prayer if we valued Christ crucifiedthan smooth performance Other challenges include what it really means to be spiritual Do leaders see it as their passion to bring people to consistent Christian living in light of the gospel of the crucified Christ Loc 1790 2270 Do we understand the serious nature of Christian leaders being entrusted with the gospel and that all their service turns on making that gospel known and encouraging the people of God, by word, example, and discipline, to live it out Loc 1492 2270 Do preachers remind us we are called to suffer or allow us to be comfortable in our lifestyle This book is a good wake up call to Christian leaders Carson writes that Christian leaders dare not overlook their responsibility to lead the people of God in living that is in conformity with the gospel Loc 1790 2270 It is an awesome responsibility to have been entrusted with the secret things of God.I recommend this book to Christian leaders who desire to see their ministry centered in the gospel You will be reminded of the serious nature of your call You will be challenged to evaluate your ministry in light of Paul s words in 1 Corinthians Carson has provided questions for review and reflections so this book could be used for a church board study or in a small group.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review Summary In these expositions from 1 Corinthians, Carson sets forth the cruciform character of biblically faithful Christian ministry.In the 1990 s, D A Carson published several collections of expositions Recently Baker has begun repackaging them Recently I reviewed The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus The Cross and Christian Ministry is another of these repackaged works that I am glad is receiving a new lease on life What Carson says about the cruciform character of Christia Summary In these expositions from 1 Corinthians, Carson sets forth the cruciform character of biblically faithful Christian ministry.In the 1990 s, D A Carson published several collections of expositions Recently Baker has begun repackaging them Recently I reviewed The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus The Cross and Christian Ministry is another of these repackaged works that I am glad is receiving a new lease on life What Carson says about the cruciform character of Christian ministry is just as, if not , relevant today than when these works were first published twenty five years ago.This book is a series of expositions from the book of 1 Corinthians, four on the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians and a final one from chapter 9 Each concludes with questions that may be used for reflection or group discussion In brief, they cover 1 Corinthians 1 18 2 5, The Cross and Preaching He begins by showing how the cross divides humanity as foolishness to the perishing and the power of God for those being saved It is folly that outsmarts the greatest of human wisdom and yet includes many the world would exclude He concludes about the message of those who preach, that testifies to God s work, focuses on Christ crucified and relies on the power of the Spirit He has pointed comments about those who try to manipulate audiences, particularly in youth ministry.1 Corinthians 2 6 16, The Cross and the Holy Spirit This message notes three contrasts in the passage Between those who receive God s Wisdom and those who do not.Between the Spirit of God and the spirit of the world.Between the natural person and the spiritual person.He concludes by observing that the work of the Holy Spirit is essential for a person truly to understand the cross We may intellectually grasp the meaning of the cross but nevertheless need the Holy Spirit to illuminate that understanding and overcomes our human resistance to facing our sin and God s saving work 1 Corinthians 3, The Cross and Factionalism Factionalism fundamentally is a sign of Christian immaturity It fails to realize that leaders are really servants, and will give account for their leadership Sadly, factionalism both fails to recognize the great work of God, focusing on human beings, and inevitably diminishes the great inheritance we have in Christ as it focuses on only a select aspect of that inheritance Carson notes that in factionalism, we cut ourselves off from so much that is good and enriching in the rest of the church.1 Corinthians 4, The Cross and Christian Leadership In this message, Carson explores what it means to be a Christian leader in light of the cross It means being entrusted with the mysteries of God Leaders should faithfully fulfill that trust, and others should realize that such leaders are seeking to please God and not stand in judgment of them.It means living in the light of the cross which meant for Paul following a crucified Lord and embracing suffering.It means encouraging and enforcing the way of the cross among the people of God We both help people to grasp the precious significance of the cross, and warn those who presume on the cross and fail to follow Christ in their daily life 1 Corinthians 9 19 27, The Cross and the World Christian The term world Christian was much used in mission oriented circles in the 1990 s and might be similar to today s missional Christian Carson gives a wonderful definition that challenges the contemporary attractions of nativism and tribalism that focuses on either the greatness of one s country or the pre eminence of one s own particular tribeThe allegiance to Jesus Christ and his kingdom is self consciously set above all national, cultural, linguistic, and racial allegiances.Their commitment to the church, Jesus messianic community, is to the church everywhere, wherever the church is truly manifest, and not only to its manifestation on home turf.They see themselves first and foremost as citizens of the heavenly kingdom and therefore consider all other citizenship a secondary matter.As a result, they are single minded and sacrificial when it comes to the paramount mandate to evangelize and make disciplesp 133.Carson emphasizes from the text that such people understand their freedom and their constraints in Christ they do not stand on their rights they set the salvation of others as their aim and understand that there is really no other way to be a Christian.This collection of messages, originally given at several conferences, are not exegetical commentaries, but rather seek to make clear for both the original audiences and the reader the meaning of the text and its implications Carson writes with clarity, devotional warmth, and a perceptive eye to application for the contemporary church He particularly addresses any person in leadership, making us take a hard look at our own character and practice and vision in light of the cross I m struck with how well these messages have worn While certainly one can spy references that are dated, it seemed to me that these messages if anything may betimely in our own day, because they center around the timeless truth of the cross.Disclosure of Material Connection I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review The opinions I have expressed are my own Carson would say I totally missed the point of chapter three when I say I want to know what he thinks about everything His views are so clearly biblical and his aim God s glory and the good of people, that I can t help but want to learn from him He is of course fallible, but wow is he prophetic and insightful This book was written in 1993 but perfectly predicted the state of modern evangelicalism It s so muchthough a challenging, encouraging set of lessons on the cross and its applica Carson would say I totally missed the point of chapter three when I say I want to know what he thinks about everything His views are so clearly biblical and his aim God s glory and the good of people, that I can t help but want to learn from him He is of course fallible, but wow is he prophetic and insightful This book was written in 1993 but perfectly predicted the state of modern evangelicalism It s so muchthough a challenging, encouraging set of lessons on the cross and its application to our lives, the message we proclaim, our view of others and the world A short book with the potential for a huge impact I read this book while I was studying 1st Corinthians on my own as a Bible school task And this book helped me to gain an understanding about the central idea of 1st Corinthians and of why they faced so many problems.This is a very deep perspective on the roots of their troubles.