The Cross of Christ (ebook)

The Cross of Christ ebook

20th Anniversary Edition

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John Stott's modern classic on the significance of the cross.

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The universal symbol of the Christian faith is neither a crib nor a manger, but a gruesome cross. Yet many people are unclear about its meaning, and cannot understand why Christ had to die.

In this magisterial and best-selling book, John Stott explains the significance of Christ's cross and answers the objections commonly brought against biblical teaching on the atonement.

First, Dr Stott shows from the four Gospels how Jesus himself understood the cross. Next, he argues that 'Christ in our place' is the heart of its meaning. Then he explains what the cross achieved, and finally he explores what it means to live under the cross.

John Stott's modern classic combines an excellent biblical exposition, and a characteristically thoughtful study of Christian belief, with a searching call to the church to live under the cross.

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  • Foreword by Alister McGrath
    Preface to the 1986 edition

    Part One: Approaching the cross
    The Centrality of the cross
    Why did Christ die?
    Looking below the surface

    Part Two: The heart of the cross
    The problem of forgiveness
    Satisfaction for sin
    The self-substitution of God

    Part Three: The achievements of the cross
    The salvation of sinners
    The revelation of God
    The conquest of evil

    Part Four: Living under the cross
    The community of celebration
    Self-understanding and self-giving
    Loving our enemies
    Suffering and glory

    Conclusion: The pervasive influence of the cross
    Study guide by David Stone
    Index of biblical references
    Author index
    Subject index


Contributors John Stott
ISBN 9781844746804
Format Digital (delivered electronically)
First published September 2013
Language English
Publisher IVP

Other information

Known world-wide as a Bible teacher, writer, pastor and mission-leader, John Stott is the author of many books including the best-selling Basic Christianity. He is Rector Emeritus of All Souls, Langham Place, London, and President of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


J I Packer

Christianity Today

Endorsement written for The Cross of Christ

No other treatment of this supreme subject says so much so truly and so well.

I Howard Marshall

Third Way

Endorsement written for The Cross of Christ

This could well be the most important evangelical book on the cross since... James Denney.

Peter Lewis

Evangelicals Now

Endorsement written for The Cross of Christ

It is, quite simply, superb - one of the finest works of our time.

Customer reviews

Jan 16, 2012

“Most helpful book I've read as a Christian”

Jesus' death that takes God's wrath instead of us is the climax of God's plan. This book takes you through the neccessity of the cross, the function of the cross, and living in the light of the cross. It's a long and hard book that took me three goes, and two years, to read. But it's awesome. So helpful and immensely challenging. If you only read one Christian book in your life. Make it this one

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