Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Crux - To Preach Christ Crucified

The Christian missionary Jim Elliot once said, “Lord, make me a crisis man. Let me not be a mile-post on a single road, but make me a fork that men must turn one way or another in facing Christ in me.”

How do we become crisis men and women? How do we live in such a way that people see Christ in us? How do we articulate who Christ is in a way they can understand? These are the ultimate questions of evangelization and questions that FOCUS continues to ask as we encounter thousands of college students each year.

One concrete effort in this area is FOCUS' new Bible study, The Crux. The Crux is a five-week study designed to give the participant the opportunity to understand the person of Jesus Christ. The climax of the study is an invitation for participants to make Jesus Christ the center of their lives.

The title of this study comes from the Latin word crux which means “cross.” It follows the example of St. Paul, “to preach Christ crucified” so that others may come to know the love that God has for us (1 Corinthians 1:23). The word crux today also refers to a place of decision or turning point.

In many ways, it is designed to live out Jim Elliot's quote about making us forks rather than mile posts. We want this study to be an experience where the participants can gaze upon the cross of Jesus Christ and come to a decision about Him in their own lives. Presenting the person of Jesus Christ within the context of a Bible study allows the person to not only hear about Jesus Christ in Scripture, but to hopefully see the person of Christ in their leader and others in the study.

After testing out this study last year, this is our first year "officially" using it out on campus. Anyone can download the study for free on

Have you seen The Crux yet?

What do you think?

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