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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Why Two Crosses?

Two Crosses - Bethel FellowshipThat's a very good question and one we are glad you asked.

The two crosses are by design, and here is our purpose:

They represent two important aspects of the gospel and the Christlan life.

1) Christ's work. This is the great message of the Scriptures.

The primary, larger cross is representative of Christ's work on the cross, our place of redemption.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Eph 1:7

Having canceled out of the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Col. 2:14 NASB.

...and (that Jesus) might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. Col. 1:20

2) On a much lesser scale, but yet infinitely important because it is the outflow, the fruit of Christ's cross, is the cross of our responsibility, the believer's cross. We believe that the Christian life is more than just being forgiven; it must go beyond that to discipleship, a dying to self, and a submitting to His Lordship.

And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Lk. 9:23

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple. Lk. 14:27 NASB.

So having personally experienced redemption through the blood of His cross, the forgiveness of sins, we by God's Spirit and grace desire to live lives pleasing to him, and as John the Baptist said,"we must decrease and He must increase" (John 3:30).

This is our belief and desire.

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