NextLevel Online: The Way of the Cross

by Doug Welch

In this series, Doug Welch (New Testament faculty at Ozark Christian College) will help those who feels stuck and don’t know what to do as a Christian. It will give you an understanding of what salvation really is by unpacking the final seven statements of Jesus made on the cross.

The Way of the Cross



Lessons

Session 1
Session 1

Father, Forgive Them: From Ignorance to Empathy

What does it mean to grow in Christ? How to live in the way of Christ? What exactly Jesus is saving us from? How does Jesus free us from this ignorance?

Session 2
Session 2

Today You Will be With Me: From Failure to Hope

To be on the cross is to be a failure. It was to be shamed. The cross enables us to be honest with ourselves - here we can be honest about our failures. But Jesus is setting us free from the shame of our failures. We have been reconciled to God through Him.

Session 3
Session 3

Woman, Behold Your Son: From Isolation to Family

It might seem that the Way of the Cross is a very lonely journey. That’s often how we describe it. Jesus seems to be entirely alone on the cross, but, surprisingly, in other ways, He isn’t. In the midst of this isolating world, what kind of relationships can God’s people encourage? This session discusses how we are a family of disciples, taking this road trip together, following Jesus on the Way of the Cross.

Session 4
Session 4

My God, My God: From Abandonment to Confidence

This session will cover what silence can do. It’s adding insult to injury but Jesus gives us confidence that He is participating with us in our suffering which we also need to do for one another.

Session 5
Session 5

I Thirst: From Weakness to Control

The cross shows us that Jesus is weak., His body is failing and He needs help. But the paradox to this, He’s also completely in control. Whenever we feel weak and limited we try to see it from God’s point of view and see how all those limitations become opportunities for God to show us how we can trust Him, how we can depend on Him, and how He can use your frailty for His glory.

Session 6
Session 6

It Is Finished: From Ambition to Contentment

Jesus says, “It is finished.” He has done it. He, no one else. But why are we so busy when it is already finished - when Jesus has already accomplished everything we really need for life and hope?

Session 7
Session 7

Into Your Hand I Commit

This is the last saying of Jesus on the cross. And it’s a perfect way of summarizing Jesus’ life. But how intentionally do we really live? Are we really taking the long view with life, and maintaining a focus, a consistent direction? Or, are we just kind of wandering around, trying to just make it through today?