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.
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About the Author
John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages.
Stott's best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.
Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen's New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.
Table of Contents
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.