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The work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith.
"I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?" With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God's redemption of the world — a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war.
Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today?
Now from one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of our day comes theology at its readable best, a contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross. At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed.
More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission.
Destined to be a classic study of the center of our faith, Stott's work is the product of a uniquely gifted pastor, scholar and Christian statesman. His penetrating insight, charitable scholarship and pastoral warmth are guaranteed to feed both heart and mind.
Foreword to the 2006 Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
AbbreviationsI. Approaching the Cross
1. The Centrality of the Cross
2. Why Did Christ Die?
3. Looking Below the SurfaceII. The Heart of the Cross
4. The Problem of Forgiveness
5. Satisfaction for Sin
6. Self-Substitution of GodIII. The Achievement of the Cross
7. The Salvation of Sinners
8. The Revelation of God
9. The Conquest of EvilIV. Living Under the Cross
10. The Community of Celebration
11. Self-Understanding and Self-Giving
12. Loving Our Enemies
13. Suffering and Glory
Conclusion: The Pervasive Influence of the Cross
Posted February 26, 2001
In a world where Christians are challenged to demonstrate the uniqueness of Jesus and the power of the gospel, we are forced to say that the weakness of God is greater than the strength of men, and the foolishness of God is greater than the wisdom of man. John Stott tells us that Christ's uniqueness, indeed the uniqueness of the Christian Faith lies in the death of Christ on the cross as substitionary sacrifice for sin. Stott lays the importance of this event by examining Old Testament prescedent, demonstrating human need, and pondering the idea held by Christians that God Himself died on a cross. A challenging book that gets to the point of Christian thought, faith, and grace. A must read for everyone who ever had questions about the cross and God's grace.
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Posted April 21, 2009
Stott's book is written from a solid perspective and requires some thought to read but worth the effort. It is a good choice for a discussion group for an ongoing class or meeting group.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.