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The Cross of Christ with study guide

John Stott

ISBN: 9780851106748
416 pages, Paperback
Published: 22/05/1989
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The universal symbol of the Christian faith is not 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 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.

Whether as superb biblical exposition, or as a characteristically thoughtful study of Christian belief, or as a searching call to the church to live under the cross,

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


"The 'Cross of Christ' is theology written for what Stott calls 'thoughtful readers' ... I feel that one would be hard pressed to find as full and as readable a treatment for the lay person.

"One of the good things ... is its synthetic treatment which explores the many interlocking implications of the 'holy love of God' revealed by the cross. Stott's concern for the character of God and his holy love is central.

"There is no shrinking from the full implications of the facts. The wages of sin is death ... God through Jesus on the cross, redeemed us from the curse ...

"As Stott surveys and expounds the cross, one is, throughout the book, uplifted.

"The cross shows us ourselves as we really are. The holiness of God, there displayed in judgement, reveal the depth of one's depravity; the love displayed confers on s a value we do not deserve, but must never despise.

"I conclude that The Cross of Christ is a truly inspiring work. It should be mandatory reading for those in leadership." Gavin Drew, CBRF Journal Issue 116

"Of all the works that John Stott has written this, in my estimation, is the most valuable thing he has ever produced, because it deals with the most important of subjects, 'The Cross of Christ'.

"This book will be read over and over again with great interest, and will provide a rich storehouse of material for the preacher." John Hall, The Churchman - vol 104 #3