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The Cross-Referenced Life



Amidst a world trying to earn righteousness, letting guilt and shame become the narrative, and attempting to control our futures, Louie Giglio invites us to shift our eyes to Christ. We can let the pressure fall at the foot of the cross, the only thing able to dwarf our obsession with the world and the only thing with the power to bring us from death to life.

Key Takeaway

Religion has told you that you can do enough to earn salvation. The Bible tells us that there is nothing we can do that is enough to earn righteousness without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

This message begins with presuppositions. What is a presupposition? A framework by which you choose to see and live your life.

Key presuppositions that people have right now in the world we live in include:

  1. I have rights.
  2. I should get to decide.
  3. I know me best.
  4. I deserve more.
  5. I deserve to be happy.

But the Gospel speaks to our presuppositions, and the Gospel we have proclaimed, a redemption story, informs our presuppositions.

Without Christ, we have a problem. Without Him, we are separated from a God that is Holy, Holy, Holy. Christ changes all presuppositions.

When you're spiritually dead in your sins, and you're trying to make the jump to holiness, religion tells you that you can make it if you try hard enough and you work hard enough. But you won't make it. Through studying Ephesians 2, we see that without God, we're an object of His wrath because of our sins.

But it's in His love, grace, and kindness that we can make that jump to holiness, even if we're spiritually dead.

What's the game plan? It isn't trying your best to get to a holy God, exercising religion. It's realizing you're dead until He gives you life. Our presuppositions shift because of the Gospel, understanding that God makes us alive.

"For Christ's love compels us because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."
2 Corinthians 5:14-15

There is a new purpose. But with that new purpose, you have to have new power. And Paul gives us the secret to the new power: Christ. Christ died for us, and He now lives in us.

If you can jump to holiness by yourself, Christ died for nothing. If righteousness can be attained through the law, Christ died for nothing.

Consider the magnitude and the shadow of the cross.

The cross dwarfs...

  1. Powerless religion and its demands and empty claims.
  2. The choking grip of guilt and shame.
  3. Anxiety about your future plans.
  4. Me and mine.
  5. Your love affair with Earth and Earth's love affair with you.


"Nothing you can do will ever be enough to get you to Holy, Holy, Holy. Jesus did enough to bring you from death to life and into a relationship with a Holy God. It is not a system; it is a savior. It is not about you trying harder; it is about you trusting in the finished work of the cross."

Louie Giglio

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Scripture References

  • Ephesians 2:1-6
  • John 19:28-37
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14
  • Galatians 2:20-21
  • Galatians 6:13-18
Louie Giglio

Global Pastor

Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.