14 Books on the Cross of Christ You Should Read
October 18, 2017

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(Top Christian Books on the Cross of Christ)

 



1) The Cross of Christ

 

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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.

 

2) Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

 

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Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

 

3) Is it Nothing To You

 

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The cross of Jesus Christ proclaims a powerful and timeless message to all men and women everywhere. Through careful and patient explanation, Fred Leahy convinces us of its relevance for life in the twenty-first century.

Here is a man who has good news to share with others. His book draws our attention to some of the events surrounding the death of Jesus. Every chapter highlights what is central and most significant about the passion of the Christ, calling on us to stop and think about issues we cannot afford to ignore.

 

4) The Cross and Christian Ministry: An Exposition of Passages from 1 Corinthians

 

 

In this exposition of 1 Corinthians, D. A. Carson presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and ministering to God’s people. He explains the key biblical principles for dynamic, cross-centered ministry and how to put the cross at the center of Christian life.

 

5) In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement

 

 

An important anthology that reaffirms the classic doctrine of substitutionary atonement and counters the ongoing attacks against it.

If ever there was a time and a need for an enthusiastic reaffirmation of the biblical doctrine of substitutionary atonement, it is now. With this foundational tenet under widespread attack, J. I. Packer and Mark Dever’s anthology plays an important role, issuing a clarion call to readers to stand firm in the truth.

 

6) The Cross: God’s Way of Salvation

 

 

This new collection of sermons reveals this theme in Lloyd-Jones’ classic expository style, showing his gift for combining a warm, personal devotion to Jesus Christ with deep theological insight.

His grasp of Scripture still causes the maturest believer to ponder, yet he brings a simplicity of thought to his preaching that even a child can understand and enjoy.

 

7) The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel The Main Thing

 

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Remember Jesus Christ? Although it seems almost too obvious, the center of our faith is surprisingly easy to forget. Dynamic pastor C.J. Mahaney shows how to overcome our tendency to move on from the gospel of grace.

Finding joy in the gospel — whose promises allow us to escape condemnation whenever it attacks — helps us avoid the prevalent trap of legalism.

 

8) The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

 

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Though the apostle Paul boldly proclaimed “Christ crucified” as the heart of the gospel, Fleming Rutledge notes that preaching about the cross of Christ is remarkably neglected in most churches today.

In this book Rutledge addresses the issues and controversies that have caused pastors to speak of the cross only in the most general, bland terms, precluding a full understanding and embrace of the gospel by their congregations.

 

9) The Truth of the Cross

 

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Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion the redemption of God’s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved.

Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God’s intended method by which to bring salvation.

 

10) Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution

 

 

The belief that Jesus died for us, suffering the wrath of his own Father in our place, has been the wellspring of hope for countless Christians through the ages.

However, with an increasing number of theologians, church leaders, and even popular Christian books and magazines questioning this doctrine, which naysayers have described as a form of “cosmic child abuse,” a fresh articulation and affirmation of penal substitution is needed. And Jeffery, Ovey, and Sach have responded here with clear exposition and analysis.

 

11) Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus

 

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How are Christians to approach the central gospel teachings concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus? The Bible firmly establishes the historicity of these events and doesn’t leave their meanings ambiguous or open to interpretation.

Even so, there is an irony and surprising strangeness to the cross. Carson shows that this strange irony has deep implications for our lives as he examines the history and theology of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection.

 

12) The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

 

 

“They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha. . . . And they crucified him. . . . Some women were watching from a distance.” (Mark 15:22, 24, 40). At the climax of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus of Nazareth is put to death on a Roman cross. The text tells us that, in that lonely hour, a group of women were watching the crucifixion “from a distance.”

In a sense, they are given a stance toward the cross that we can share. In this exploration of Mark’s Gospel, Peter G. Bolt looks at why the cross is so prominent in the narrative, asks what contribution Mark’s teaching can make to our understanding of the atonement, and shows how this teaching can inform, correct and enrich our own preaching of the gospel in the contemporary world.

 

13) The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross

 

 

2011 Reprint of 1947 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In this work, Pink examines the seven recorded statements of Christ on the Cross.

He identifies them as a Word of Forgiveness, a Word of Salvation, a Word of Affection, a Word of Anguish, a Word of Suffering, a Word of Victory, and a Word of Contentment. Arthur Walkington Pink (1886-1952) was an English Christian evangelist and Biblical scholar known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings.

 

14) Apostolic Preaching of the Cross

 

 

To understand the significant terms used in New Testament teaching about Christ’s death–for example, redemption, covenant, propitiation, justification–Morris sets these words against the background of the Greek Old Testament, the papyri, and the Rabbinic writings as a basis for an examination of them in their New Testament setting.

 

 



 

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