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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 20th Anniversary Edition edition (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083083320X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830833207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Capter six alone--"Self-Substitution of God"--is worth the whole of this rich, God-honoring, Christ-exhausting, devotional, biblical...theologically sane and clear book." -- —Luis Palau, International Evangelist

"I have no hesitation in saying that this is the most enriching theological book I have ever read. " -- —Ajith Fernando, author, Bible teacher and national director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

"Outside of the Bible itself, this may be the best book I've ever read on the cross of Christ." -- —Anne Graham Lotz, author of Just Give Me Jesus

"Stott has given us a classic articulation of this influential, evangelical doctrine that is both vigorous and readable." -- —Tony Jones, National Coordinator of Emergent-U.S. (www.emergentvillage.com), and author of The Sacred Way

"This, more than any book he has written, is his masterpiece." -- —J. I. Packer, Regent College

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eatures & Benefits

* A masterpiece from one of the most respected Christian teachers

* Explores all the facets of the cross and its implication for our lives

* A classic study on the heart of the Christian faith

* Examines Scripture, tradition and modern experience with regard to the cross

* Biblically precise, thoughtful, thorough and filled with practical passion

* 1987 Eternity Book of the Year

* Winner of a 1988 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award

* Now with a study guide and a new foreword by Alister McGrath


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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ, have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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In his book The Cross of Christ, John Stott sets out to provide a clear explanation of the importance and centrality of the cross for all Christians.
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124 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Rob Taylor on September 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ," - Galatians 6:14 NASB

The name John Stott is well recognized among Bible students today, and for good reason. He has long been recognized for his gifted teaching, penetrating insight and pastoral warmth. His writings take the profound teachings of Christianity; shine much needed light on them, and in the same fluid motion, they plug the teachings into the lives of their readers. This book is no exception. The Cross of Christ is considered to be Stott's greatest work by more than a few people and I myself would place it in the top five books I've ever read. It's that good.

The central theme of this book is to explain why and how the finished work of Christ on the cross is central to the Christian faith. It deals more with how salvation was provided for on the cross and not so much how it becomes effective for salvation in the life of a person. Stott begins by considering some preliminary issues such as the centrality of the cross in our faith. Stott says of Christ, "What dominated his mind was not the living but the giving of His life"(32). Stott rightly suggests that the cause of Christ's death was both the wickedness of men and the plan of God. He was turned over to the priests out of Judas' greed, turned over to Pilate out of the priest's envy, and handed over to the soldiers out of Pilate's cowardice, and the soldiers crucified Him. However, the blame for Christ's death cannot be placed solely on these individuals because He was not only suffering for their sins, but ours too. All this was according to the plan of God also. His love desired our salvation, and the only righteous way to do such a thing was to place our sins on the Savior and to have Him pay our penalty.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By a.r.patterson@lse.ac.uk on August 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you ever want to find out what is at the very heart of the Christian faith Stott argues that the death of Jesus is crucial. Although a serious read which convincingly refutes many of the wrong and inadequate views of the Cross, Stott leaves us with an understanding of the event that is coherrent, powerful and ultimately thrilling. As well as providing understanding, the book explores what it truly means to live 'under the shadow' of the Cross, demonstrating that the very best theology is extremely practical - indeed, life-changing.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Terry W Stratton on December 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
With a writing style that appealed to this former skeptic Stott dispeled clouds of confusion surrounding concepts like "salvation" and "redemption". He explained the reality that was behind the Christian jargon and removed false intellectual barriers to understanding the need for the cruxified and risen Christ. One of the 2 or 3 most life-changing books I have ever read.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
From Satanists to pagans to the non-believing world at large, the cross of Christ is the most despised symbol in probably all creation. What it stands for brings out the snidest comments I have ever heard. And no wonder! Even Paul said that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who perish. Stott does a marvelous job tracking the centrality of the cross and just what it means for the faithful Christian. This is not a skimming kind of book that many non-Christians whose diet consists of 100% fiction will appreciate. It will cause you to think, but as an earlier reviewer hinted, it's the kind of book more people in our churches desperately need to read. If you want milk, as so many Christian bookstores offer, then you will live a superficial Christian life. If you want meat that will help you dig deeper into this relationship you have with God, then I suggest picking up The Cross of Christ and making sure your highlighter is in new condition...you will need it!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. cornett on May 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is broken up into four main part: "Approaching the Cross," "The Heart of the Cross," "The Achievement of the Cross," and "Living under the Cross." These four sections show why and how Christ's cross is central to the Christian faith.

Stott begins the first section by showing prominence of the cross throughout Christian history. He shows that the early church used it as a sign and symbol, and the apostles made it central in their preaching. These things became so because the cross was the passion of Christ. Stott said, "What dominated his mind was not the living but the giving of His life"(32). He also address the enemies of the cross and shows that despite men's hatred of the cross it still remains the center focus of Christianity. Next, Stott tackled the question "Why did Christ die?". The answer he provides is that it was both the wickedness of men and the plan of God. He said, "he did not die; he was killed. . . . He was not killed; he died, giving himself up voluntarily to do his Father's will" (61-2). He looks at the last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life and shows that his mission was the cross.

In the second section he shows the need for forgiveness. This involves satisfying God's holiness and justness. The problem is, in Stott's words, "How can he save us and satisfy himself simultaneously? We reply to this point that, in order to satisfy himself, He sacrificed - indeed substituted - himself for us" (132). Stott declares, "...neither Christ alone as man not the Father alone as God could be our substitute. Only God in Christ, God the Father's own and only Son made man, could take our place" (160). Through this substitution men can receive right standing before God.

The third section focuses on what Christ's cross did.
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