I always find these projects to be encouraging, uplifting, and challenging. But this one seems more like an act of worship. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the primary focus of our discussion over the next few weeks is going to be on the cross of Jesus.

No symbol has been more meaningful to masses of society than that of the cross of Christ.

The book that we’re working through is one that’s been put together by an art history professor at a major university, and it takes a close look at the symbol of the cross throughout history. We will be studying things like how the people of the early church used it as a symbol to identify themselves as Christians and how it provided much needed encouragement and hope during difficult times.

In a cool way, I almost feel like this study will connect me (and all of us) more to those faithful Christians of the first few centuries after Jesus!

Before we dive in, let’s take a quick look at the trailer for the book…

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I’m really excited about this project! Leading us through the discussion on this book are a few bibledude.net book project vets (Sean Wrench, Laura Boggess, and Pastor Bryant Neal), and a few first-timers that I’m really happy to have on board!

So may we all be moved by the image of the cross through this study. May we not only connect with our Savior and His saving work on the cross, but may we also connect with our brothers and sisters in the faith in those first centuries of Christianity. And may our discussion on the cross honor our Lord, and bring glory to His Name! Amen!



[the mystery of the cross] introduction

by Dan King time to read: 2 min