For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.1 Corinthians 2:2 (ESV)
Christ is in the centre of the Bible. In the Old Testament we have Christ announced. The Gospels focus on Christ crucified and the Book of Acts on Christ proclaimed. The epistles teach about Christ in us and in Revelation we see Christ glorified. The whole Bible is about Christ!
Christ must therefore also be the centre of our message. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Why did Paul make this decision? Because a Christ centred message has depth, truth, power and relevance.
Do we speak about the cross? Yes, we do! As Jesus Himself did, as the Apostle Paul did, as Martin Luther, William Carey and Amy Carmichael did and so many faithful witnesses today do. We know that Christ crucified will always be a stumbling block to some and folly to others (c. 1 Corinthians 1:23). But we also know that this message is the only one that saves! And it is the best message of all time! It has changed our lives and has given us eternal hope. How could we keep this hope away from children who need it, too?
Do we speak about sin? Of course, we do! We clearly explain what sin is, how bad it is, how angry God is at it and that it separates us from Him for all eternity. After all the media is full of examples of sin. But we do not stop there. Our message is about a Christ crucified and therefore about forgiveness of sin, this great offer from God, which children and adults so desperately need and long for!
There is no alternative! If we want our ministry to have meaning both today and tomorrow, then we need to follow the apostle Paul in his focus on the person and work of the Lord Jesus.
We cannot add children to the body of Christ. This is something only the Lord can do (Acts 2:47). What He expects from us is to be faithful servants who are loyal to the message of Jesus Christ and him crucified. It’s a message worth proclaiming!
A message without Christ in the centre is imbalanced!