The list author says: "Paul says in Galatians 6:14 - "May it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
"To state it positively: Only boast in the cross of Jesus Christ. It is a single idea. A single goal. A single passion. Only boast in the cross. The word can be translated 'exult in' or 'rejoice in'. Only exult in the cross of Christ. Only rejoice in the cross of Christ. Paul says let this be your single passion, your single boast and joy and exultation. In this great moment called ONE DAY let the ONE THING that you love, the one thing that you cherish, the one thing that you rejoice in and exult over be the cross of Jesus Christ." - John Piper
The list recommends some great books which take you back to the Cross of Jesus Christ - the reason for our boasting."
"This scholarly work delves into the teaching of the apostles on such key concepts as redemption, covenant, propitiation, justification as against the background of relevant Old Testament passages, meanings of these themes in the everyday language of New Testament times and compares apostolic terminology to that used in the writings of rabbinical Judaism. A modern classic of biblical scholarship."
"Why is the Cross of Christ the crux of Christianity? In this book, noted scholar Leon Morris examines the rich variety of New Testament terms used such as Covenant, Sacrifice, Day of Atonement, Passover, Redemption, Reconciliation, Propitiation, Justification to describe the significance of Christ's death and resurrection for a wider audience. One of the best books ever written on this subject."
"In a comprehensive & detailed survey on its remarkably widespread employment in the Roman empire, Hengel examines the way in which "the most vile death of the cross" was regarded in the Greek-speaking world & in Roman-occupied Palestine. Giving tremendous background information on the act of crucifixion, his conclusions bring out more starkly than ever the offensiveness of the message of Cross."
"In this enduring study of Atonement, Murray systematically explains the two sides of redemption: its accomplishment by Christ and its application to the life of the redeemed. In Part I he considers the necessity, nature, perfection, and extent of the atonement. In Part II Murray offers careful expositions of the scriptural teaching about calling, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification."
"The book is one of the most enriching theological books on Christ's substitutionary death on the cross. It combines an excellent biblical exposition & a characteristically thoughtful study of Christian belief, with a searching call to the church to live under the cross. Stott explains the significance of Christ’s cross & answers the objections commonly brought against the teaching on atonement."
"This incredible work takes you on an exhaustive study of the atonement of Christ based on Apostle-authored Scriptures. Beginning with the Old Testament sacrifices & prophecies that foreshadowed Christ, it guides believers through the biblical overview of Christ’s atonement as taught by the apostles in order to make you understand more fully the nature of Christ's atonement. A Must-Read!"
"In this classic work, Hugh Martin relates the biblical doctrine of atonement to the covenant of grace, federal theology, and Christ’s priestly office, including Christ’ work of intercession. In keeping with the theology of Calvin, Martin lays out a theology of atonement that was prearranged with God the Father to bless those who were to benefit; the ultimate aim being union with Christ"
"This excellent book offers thematic exposition of biblical teaching on the cross affirming the cross as a centerpiece of New Testament proclamation. By examining key New and Old Testament texts, it expounds the relevance of this theme for today and shows how the cross is anticipated in the Old Testament, experienced in the Gospels, and explained and applied in the Epistles and Revelation."
"In this short yet powerful book, Dr. R. C. Sproul uses Scripture to unfold the meaning of the cross, its significance, and its purpose. He considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. It is an excellent overview of the Gospel where you will discover the beauty of the cross like never before."
"D. A. Carson, one of the world's leading NT scholars, introduces the irony, scandal & greatness of the work done on the cross by Christ. Scandalous has five parts. Each is distinct, keeping the book interesting, yet each ties into the main topic: the cross & resurrection. It is a model of an informed exegesis & engaging exposition while remaining theologically rich and devotionally warm & lucid."
"Why did Christ have to die such a terrible death on cross? Was there no other way? And why a divine substitute? This book explores the very heart of the Christian Gospel - that Christ died in the place of sinners, bearing their sin, guilt and the just & holy punishment they deserved from God. The authors provide a succinct yet sound biblical & historical introduction to the doctrine of atonement."
"Combining three classic articles by J. I. Packer with a recent article by Mark Dever, this compact yet penetrating anthology takes an unwavering, classically biblical stance on the doctrine of substitutionary atonement. With the doctrine under attack, authors issue a clarion call for believers to stand firm in the truth. Contains some of the finest essays ever written on the death of Christ."
"The book offers a wide selection of essays by notable reformed scholars. Divided into 3 sections-biblical, historical & practical-the essays include Scriptural exegesis of important atonement passages, studies in historical theology examining particular Christian thinkers & eras and probing inquiries into the practical implications of the doctrine in the Christian life & in contemporary preaching."
"The historic Christian view of doctrine of penal substitution has recently come under attack. The book offers a fresh affirmation of penal substitution, engaging with exegetical, theological, pastoral & historical perspectives. A warm, biblical, thorough and endearing defence of Jesus’ great work on the cross, it is designed to be useful for pastors, theological students & all thinking Christians."
"At the very heart of Christian faith is the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This collection of essays by noted preachers sets forth the biblical doctrine of Christ’s atonement and its place in the history of Christian thought for the current generation. Its themes will refresh the souls & minds of veteran believers and instruct & inspire those coming to grips with the cross for the first time."
"This is yet another excellent book on atonement. Some Christians are trying to find alternative ways of explaining the significance of cross. Well argues that the Bible’s own ‘Cross-Words’ supply us with the only way in which we can rightly understand what Jesus did for us at the Cross at Calvary. The result is a powerful book, deep yet essentially easy to read, which is extremely helpful."
"This is puritan John Owen’s definitive work on the extent of the atonement. It is undoubtedly the most comprehensive exposition on the meaning & extent of the atonement ever written. A polemical work, it is designed to show among other things that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural. Makes for difficult reading at times but those who labor will be richly rewarded. A true classic!"
"This singular, comprehensive treatment of one of Christianity's essential doctrines gives definitive, Bible-based answers about salvation and the cross. Bruce Demarest lays out a clear and comprehensive treatment of the doctrine of the Cross and makes plain and relevant God’s glorious plan of salvation. Perfect for clarifying your theology and gaining deep understanding of the theme of Cross."
"What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die? Bestselling author John Piper explores fifty things that Jesus accomplished through his death on the cross. The book succinctly surveys the fifty reasons that John Piper has gathered from the New Testament as to why Jesus came to die. A wonderful book that furthers our understanding and spiritual growth in our Lord Jesus Christ."
"No book better communicates the centrality of the cross in the Christian life better than Living the Cross Centered Life. It strips away the nonessentials and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith — Jesus Christ. The deepest truths of Calvary will stir your passion for Him into an unquenchable fire. Every Christian should read this classic and return to frequently."
"Exhibiting a passion for the grandness of God's work, Philip Ryken illuminates the message of salvation through this in-depth exposition of key biblical passages on election, deliverance, redemption, expiation, reconciliation, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification and glorification. He explores how we are saved from sin, saved by grace, saved through faith & saved for God's glory."
"Based on the first few chapters of book of Romans, the book unfolds the path of faith and presents the eternal purposes of God in simple terms. Nee brings an eternal perspective to the work of Christ on the Cross and His resurrection, revealing the secret of spiritual strength and vitality that should be the normal experience of every Christian. A rare life-changing spiritual classic."
"Turn to the liberating power of the Cross of Christ everyday through this wonderful book. The book is a real treasure for all believers by helping you to find out how the Gospel is more than eternal salvation - it sets you free daily from sin's defeat and empowers you to experience God's abundant life by transforming you daily into Christ likeness. Preach the Gospel to yourself daily."
"Hugh Martin combined a brilliant analytical & mathematical mind with a child-like heart which rested in Christ & his atoning work, as revealed in the Scriptures. This collection of sermons, most of which are transcribed from Martin's handwritten notes, displays him at his best, preaching the cross. It is always rewarding to read best sermons on atonement to keep our hearts afire with the Gospel."
"The book brings the time-tested sermons about the redemptive act of Christ's crucifixion from one of this century's greatest preachers. Lloyd-Jones' classic expository style, showing his gift for combining a warm, personal devotion to Jesus Christ with deep theological insight, will encourage clergy, exhort believers & challenge new Christians. Meditative, easily understandable & biblically sound."
"These are sermons originally preached by Warfield on the work of Christ. His expositions in this book unobtrusively express both his scholarly sense of the precise meaning of his texts & the warmth of his devotion to Jesus Christ. His explanation of passages containing “all” & “world” are crucial in understanding the New Testament teaching. You’ll never read John 3:16 in the same way again."
"Come with Charles Spurgeon, also known as the Prince of Preachers and glimpse the cross of Christ as he saw it. Listen to the powerful message as he describes Christ's agony in the Garden of Gethesemane, the suffering of Christ on the cross, the powerful words spoken from the cross, and finally the death of Christ. He exhorts us to abide hard by the cross and search the mystery of His wounds."
"A series of meditative studies on the Passion of Jesus Christ, tracing his experience from the agony of the Garden of Gethsemane to the Calvary where he died, Prof. Leahy brings us back to the cross to fill our hearts with gratitude to the one who ‘bore our sins in his body on the tree’. This profound book will deepen your understanding and appreciation of what our Lord went through at Calvary."
"These 21 devotional readings probe the events surrounding Calvary-especially Jesus' words from the cross-to give a richer understanding of the amazing love that drove Jesus there, revealing not only the meaning of Calvary but the heart of God. The book reminds us that the cross is a vivid reminder of the inexhaustible depths of Jesus' loving, ultimate sacrifice & of our dire need for redemption."
"The words spoken from the cross, says Dr. Arthur W. Pink, 'reveal the excellencies of the One who suffered there; and inform us of the purpose, the meaning, the sufferings, and the sufficiency of the Death Divine.' In this book, Dr. Pink illustrates clearly the lessons that emerge out of the seven utterances of Christ on the cross, filling the reader with the glory of the redemptive message."
"The central doctrine of Christianity is that Jesus died to save sinners from eternal doom. Until we see ourselves deserving that fate, we’ll never understand the cross. Pastor Lutzer offers a fresh perspective on the last words of Christ making us see our own needs in Savior's 7 cries for pardon, assurance, compassion, anguish, suffering, victory & submission! Truly, a journey into Jesus’ heart."
"This beautiful devotional book offers reflections of a medical doctor on the physical and mental anguish Jesus endured in the hours leading up to His death. Enrich your meditation on Christ's passion using prayers and hymns paired with moving commentary & masterpieces of art from artists including Michelangelo, Rubens, Dali, and Siqueiros. Deepen your devotion & prayerful pondering on the passion."
"This excellent book sets forth Christ's triumph over sin, death & Satan, from the first promise of redemption in Genesis 3 to the shout of victory in Revelation 5: 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.' It weaves through scriptures to demonstrate God's wonderful plan, from creation to judgement, showing that Jesus as the Lamb of God was not a victim of circumstances, but a Victor over circumstances."
"Jesus' work on the cross not only won our redemption but also stands as the test and pattern of all Christian ministries today. This heartwarming exposition will challenge & encourage church leaders & their congregations. In his thorough exposition of 1 Corinthians, Carson explores many issues to help you gain a better understanding of what the death of Christ means in ministering to God's people."
"In this unique book, Driscoll shares letters he’s written to people during his ministry. Each letter is written with the aspiration to share the important work of the cross to each individual who needs to hear how the person & work of Jesus are made practical for his/her life. He shows that Jesus is Bill's propitiation, Hank's ransom, Kurt's reconciliation, Susan's revelation. Cross-centered book!"
"This is an inspiring book containing the reflections of experienced pastors, and dedicated to "the next generation of preachers of the cross" calling them to pursue gospel-saturated, cross-centered ministries. Collected and introduced by Mark Dever, each chapter of this book addresses a different issue in the lives and ministries of contemporary pastors. It’s about Jesus Christ and Him crucified."
"Proclaiming a theology that is centered on Christ’s atonement is especially critical, for by atonement, Christians have been brought from death to life and by it a church lives or dies. In this sequel to Preaching the Cross, the authors, joined by Piper, Sproul, MacArthur & Anyabwile, powerfully elaborate on the essence of pastoral ministry & the necessity of proclaiming a fully biblical theology."
"Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort & pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This provocative book warns you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It challenges you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ & making the glory of God your singular passion. An incredibly challenging book!"