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The Cross of Christ – John R. W. Stott
Stott gives us an excellent examination of the work of Jesus upon the Cross. This book takes us to the heart of the cross, explores what it achieved, and teaches us to live in light of it.
“We have to humble ourselves at the foot of the cross, confess that we have sinned and deserve nothing at his hand but judgment, thank him that he loved us and died for us, and receive from him a full and free forgiveness. Against this self-humbling our ingrained pride rebels. We resent the idea that we cannot earn – or even contribute to – our own salvation. So we stumble, as Paul put it, over the stumbling block of the cross.”
The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler
Chandler explores the gospel in the air: God’s overarching purpose to subject all things to the supremacy of Christ. And he explores the gospel on the ground – God’s work to redeem and transform sinners through the grace displayed in the person and work of Christ.
“We each stand from birth on the precipice between life and death. Because we are stained with sin from conception, we are rushing headlong into the fires of hell before we can even walk. Jesus lays his body across the path; there is no ignoring him. If it’s headlong into hell we want to go, we have to step over Jesus to get there.”
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism – Timothy Keller
Every age presents unique challenges to the Christian faith. In this book, Keller responds powerfully to questions about suffering, the exclusivity of Christ, science, hell, the Bible and more. He then shows how faith in Christ is not only still possible but still necessary.
“My thesis is that if you come to recognize the beliefs on which your doubts about Christianity are based, and if you seek as much proof for those beliefs as you seek from Christians for theirs – you will discover that your doubts are not as solid as they first appeared.”