Josh's Message - Christ crucified

Josh's life message and the goal of this website is embodied by Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 2:2 and Galatians 6:14:

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."

"But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ"

Josh holds to a standard Evangelical statement of faith and has several specific biblical interests. The ministry of Joshua Hawkins and the particular goal of this website is to strengthen your conviction in:

  • Christology and the glory of Jesus - Jesus of Nazareth is the world's one true God, the true and sole creator and sustainer of all, the God of Israel made flesh. He is also the promised Messiah who will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem as king and restore creation to its original glory. He alone is supremely beautiful and is deserving of all of our affection, adoration, allegiance, and attention. His life, death, and resurrection as seen in the four Gospels is the main entry point we have into knowing Him deeply.
  • The cross of Jesus - The death of the Son of God on a rugged crossbeam must be only the boast of every believer. On Christ's cross, He redeemed us to God by His own blood and put His Father's love on open display. The righteousness given to us by repentance and faith in Christ crucified will be the only boast of every believer on the day He comes to judge.
  • The theology of suffering before glory - The cross of Christ is our invitation to imitation. Just as Christ suffered, so will His body, the church, suffer before entering into the glory of the age to come in the kingdom, resurrection, and restoration of all creation. This suffering is for a witness of God's patience and plea for repentance towards His wayward people Israel and to all of sinful humanity.
  • The Day of the LORD - The Law, Prophets, and New Testament apostles continually testified to a coming day that the God of Israel would vindicate His great name in the sight of all of the nations and rid the earth of unrighteousness once and for all. God will do this by being faithful to His covenants made with Israel. This future day, known as the Day of the LORD, will be the dividing line of human history as it was in the days of Noah. Until that day, the Lord is restraining from judgment in hopes that men would repent and turn to Him.
  • The kingdom of God - God promised that He would establish a geopolitical kingdom in Israel that would crush all of the other kingdoms, and that God's king would rule every nation on the earth from the city of Jerusalem. Jesus of Nazareth has been shown to be the that king from David's line by the resurrection from the dead and the LORD Himself by His ascension to God's right hand. He will return and rule the earth in righteousness. This wholly future kingdom is the sure hope of all those who put their faith in Jesus.
  • The resurrection of the body - The certain hope of every believer is that the curse of death would be overturned in a physical, bodily resurrection to live forever on this earth with God. Jesus of Nazareth, the firstfruits of the resurrection, gave His Holy Spirit as a down payment of that Day. The move of the Holy Spirit in power as seen through signs, wonders, and miracles testifies to that coming Day.
  • The biblical worldview - As athletes must understand the rules, players, playing field, and strategy of the game they are playing, so must the church rightly understand the heavens and the earth, the sovereign rulership of God over His creation, and the role of the church in proclamation and witness to the wicked until the Day of the LORD. Understanding the biblical worldview rightly keeps believers from discouragement and disillusionment, anchors hope fully on the return of Jesus, and empowers to live as sojourners and pilgrims awaiting the Day of the LORD.