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Healing and Salvation in the Cross of Christ

This theology of both the death and resurrection of Jesus describes the twin pillars of Paul’s theology in 1 Corinthians. In ministry, as we crucify our ministries, God not only supplies power for service, but victory over Satan, sin, death, and the grave. The Easter event, known through his triumph on the cross can revive and renew ministry into a joyful work. That is why Purves writes “ministry is a theological act.”[16] Both the Christology and Pneumatology of 1 Corinthians 1, 2 support this thesis of crucifixion and resurrection of ministry. Courey adds personal meaning with the notion that “the dynamic of the pneumatologia crucis emanating from the crucifixion of the Resurrected One mediated through Pentecost that animates an experiential encounter with Christ in us by faith.”[17] Thus, without a strong theology of the cross, the church and pastoral ministry remains as weak as a normal human being can sustain. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus on the cross, is the theological answer for long-term ministry vocation.

 

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This excerpt from The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church: Grounding Pneumatic Experiences and Renewal Studies in the Cross of Christ (Pickwick, 2018) is used with permission.

 

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Notes

[1] Bennett, The Holy Spirit and You, 111.

[2] Charles Farah, From the Pinnacle of the Temple (Plainfield NJ: Logos, 1979), 76.

[3] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (New York, NY: Collier Books, 1937), 45.

[4] Farah, From the Pinnacle of the Temple, 135.

[5] D.R. McConnell, A Different Gospel, A Historical and Biblical Analysis of the Modern Faith Movement (Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 1988), 163-164.

[6] John Christopher Thomas, The Devil, Disease and Deliverance (New York, NY: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), 61.

[7] Joseph A. Fitzmyer, First Corinthians AB. Vol. 32. (New Haven, CT: Yale, 2008), 165.

[8] Pfitzner, “The Theology of the Cross-1 Corinthians 1-4,” 28.

[9] Gräbe, “The All-Surpassing Power of God Through the Holy Spirit in the Midst of Our

Broken Earthly Existence: Perspectives on Paul’s Use of ΔΥΝΑΜΙΣ,” 151.

[10] Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry (Downers Grove, Il: InterVarsity Press, 2007), 75.

[11] Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, 99.

[12] Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, 124.

[13] David C. Steinmetz, “Ordination and the Theology of the Cross,” 39.

[14] Stamps, The Sacrament of the Word Made Flesh: The Eucharistic Theology of Thomas

F. Torrance, 111-12.

[15] Andrew Purves, The Resurrection of Ministry (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2010), 19-20.

[16] Purves, The Resurrection of Ministry, 77.

[17] Courey, What Has Wittenberg to Do with Azusa?: Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Pentecostal Triumphalism, 249.

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About the Author: Cletus L. Hull, III, M.Div. (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry), D.Min. (Fuller Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (Regent University), has served as a pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 32 years and psychiatric chaplain for 30 years. He teaches courses in New Testament at Biblical Life Institute in Freeport, Pennsylvania. He has researched the growing Disciples of Christ churches in Puerto Rico and has an interest in the significance of the Stone-Campbell churches in American Christianity. His article, "My Church is a Mental Hospital" appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Healing Line. He is the author of The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church: Grounding Pneumatic Experiences and Renewal Studies in the Cross of Christ (Pickwick, 2018). Twitter: @cletus_hull, Facebook, www.CletusHull.com

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