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City Church of Chattanooga
Sermon Series: The Cross of Jesus
Message One: THE GREAT LOVE OF GOD
Pastor Mike Chapman
Romans 5:8, God showed his great love for us by sending
Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)
Who has ever measured the depth of God’s love? No
one. It is immeasurable. If you asked God how great his
love is, he would take you to Calvary. The love of God can
only be measured by the cross of Jesus. It is there that God
shows us the extent of his love.
Why is the cross, an instrument of execution, the symbol
of the Christian faith? Answer: To show the dimension of
THE BREADTH OF THE CROSS IS WIDE ENOUGH TO
John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and
only son and whoever believes in him will not perish but have
God’s love is wide enough for the whole world.
You may occasionally be out of God’s will, but there is
never a time when you are our of God’s heart.
Many exclude, but Jesus includes.
The posture of Jesus on the cross shows that he would
rather die for you than to live in heaven without you.
THE LENGTH OF THE CROSS IS LONG ENOUGH TO
2 Corinthians 5:21, For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be
the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God
through Jesus Christ.
The equation of the cross is captured in three truths:
1. God punishes sin.
2. God loves sinners.
3. God put our sin on his Son and punished it there.
THE DEPTH OF THE CROSS IS DEEP ENOUGH TO
Galatians 2:20, I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I
live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who
loved me and gave himself for me.
His love will change us.
By immersing ourselves in the depths of God’s love, we
THE HEIGHT OF THE CROSS IS HIGH ENOUGH TO
John 12:32, And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw
everyone to myself.
The cross is God’s ladder to his home.
The ladder is finished. It needs no work, no additional
It needs only a step—a step of Faith
Ephesians 3:17-29, Take in with all the Christians the
extravagant dimension of Christ’s love. Reach out and
experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb its depths!
Rise to the heights! Love full lives in the fullness of God!
Series: The Cross of Jesus - City Church of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
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