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The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians

, 2004
ISBN: 9781441250292

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It’s common today to see the image of the cross adorning churches, dangling from necklaces, and gleaming from lapels. Yet that image, so sanitized for us today, was grotesque and abhorrent to those living in the first century—a symbol of evil, torture, and shame. It’s 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 factionalism, servant-leadership, shaping “world” Christians, and the source of knowledge in order to help Christian leaders learn principles for dynamic, cross-centered worship.

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Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means
  • Confronts factionalism and servant-leadership
  • Helps Christian leaders learn principles for dynamic, cross-centered worship


  • The Cross and Preaching (1 Corinthians 1:18–2:5)
  • The Cross and the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:6–16)
  • The Cross and Factionalism (1 Corinthians 3)
  • The Cross and Christian Leadership (1 Corinthians 4)
  • The Cross and the World Christian (1 Corinthians 9:19–27)

Product Details

  • Title: The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians
  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 144

About D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is a respected professor, author, and speaker. He is currently a research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has been teaching since 1978. Carson earned an MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary and a PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University. He lectures in academic and church settings around the world.

Carson has written over 50 books, including his popular The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism and Exegetical Fallacies. He has also written commentaries in both The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series and the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.

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“Paul does not want the Corinthians to think that the gospel is nothing more than a philosophical system, a supremely wise system that stands over against the folly of others. It is far more: where human wisdom utterly fails to deal with human need, God himself has taken action. We are impotent when it comes to dealing with our sin and being reconciled to God, but where we are impotent God is powerful. Human folly and human wisdom are equally unable to achieve what God has accomplished in the cross. The gospel is not simply good advice, nor is it good news about God’s power. The gospel is God’s power to those who believe. The place where God has supremely destroyed all human arrogance and pretension is the cross.” (Page 15)

“Our self-centeredness is deep. It is so brutally idolatrous that it tries to domesticate God himself. In our desperate folly we act as if we can outsmart God, as if he owes us explanations, as if we are wise and self-determining while he exists only to meet our needs.” (Page 15)

“Paul’s point is that no public philosophy, no commonly accepted ‘wisdom,’ can have enduring significance if its center is not the cross.” (Page 17)

“What it means to be ‘spiritual’ is profoundly tied to the cross, and to nothing else” (Page 62)

“Recognize that a cross-centered ministry is characterized by the Spirit’s power and is vindicated in transformed lives” (Page 40)

D. A. Carson

D.A. Carson (b. 1946) is one of the most respected New Testament scholars in the world. A respected teacher, author, and speaker, he is currently research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the president of The Gospel Coalition. He has served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church and as the first dean of the seminary of Northwest Baptist Theological College, now known as Northwest Baptist Seminary. Logos has collected his sermons—including audio—in the D.A. Carson Sermon Archive.

Carson lectures in academic and church settings around the world, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Exegetical Fallacies, Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to John, The Gagging of God, Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14 and the Intolerance of Tolerance. He is the editor of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series, and coedited of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament with G.K. Beale, and the Studies in New Testament Greek series with Stanley Porter. You can find more of Carson’s work in the Baker D.A. Carson Collection (15 vols.).


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