Take Up Your Cross

Our Only Power to Live and Walk by the Spirit.

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”

A book by Steven L. Hitchcock.

Summary: A study of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 16:24 about denying ourselves and taking up our cross – by looking at the context in Matthew and in studying how Paul understood and applied Jesus’ teaching.

Take Away: Exchanging burdening error for an empowering understanding.

Key Theological Point: In the same way that we became a Christian, so we are to walk.

Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

In 2014 the Lord showed me the right way to understand our Lord’s teaching and how it related to walking by the Spirit. After four years of testing out this new understanding I have written a book about it.

I am thrilled to share this empowering understanding of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. May the Lord bless this little book to you. Its message has been life transforming for me.

Applying the teaching to our lives is nothing less than walking by the Spirit and knowing the miracle of walking on water!

It is available in hardback, paperback, and as an e-book.


Barnes and Noble (USA)

Waterstones (United Kingdom)

Koorong (Australia)

Listen to these sermons:

December 27, 2020 – Matthew 11:28-30

February 6, 2022 – Colossians 2:6,7

April 17, 2022 – Mark 8:27-38, Part 2

October 16, 2022 – John 12:25 – God Wants You to Hate and Lose Your Life

February 12, 2023 – Mark 8:31 – Why Did Jesus Have to be Rejected by the Elders, Chief Priests, and the Scribes?

Other sermons may be found under the page titled Preaching.

Read the book and share your thoughts below.

God bless you!


One comment on “Take Up Your Cross

  1. I am not interested in debating a false dichotomy. I am more interested in the question, “In the final analysis is Calvinism a form of hypocrisy or just blind arrogance?”

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