Really helpful books and sermons for Easter
As we step into the days and weeks leading up to Easter, we should take time to ponder the amazing truth that Christ Jesus, the Son of God, came to die so that broken sinners could forgive their sins and be reconciled to God . We hope the resources listed below will be helpful to you as you contemplate this wonderful gift.
The cross of Christ
By John Stott
On the cross, preacher John Stott finds the majesty and love of God revealed and the sin and bondage of the world exposed. This book is more than a study of the Atonement. It brings Scripture into a lively dialogue with Christian theology and the 20th century. What comes out is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission.
The cross: the pulpit of God's love
By Iain H. Murray
The Atonement is at the heart of the Christian faith. The purpose of preaching the gospel is to make known what God has done in the cross of Jesus Christ. But how should we preach the cross? Does our sermon match that of the New Testament apostles? Does it match the passionate freedom with which the Church's greatest evangelists preached the cross to needy sinners? In this booklet, Iain Murray helps us ponder the message of the cross, appreciate God's love and righteousness in Christ's death, and re-understand the truth that “through Christ the love of God was crucified and his willingness to save is made known to all become. "
The cross he carried: meditations on the sufferings of the Savior
By Frederick Leahy
Frederick Leahy spent a lifetime in the service of the word. On these pages, preacher, pastor and theologian come together in a happy unit. No words are wasted. There is none of the frothy and inessential.
Here is the satisfying truth, carefully mined and made for the needs of God's people.
Jesus, hold me near the cross: experience the passion and power of Easter
Edited by Nancy Guthrie
In a culture where crosses are little more than decorative accessories and jewelry, it is easy for even the most well-meaning Christian to rush from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without thinking about the cross and all it means. In doing so, however, we are missing out on spiritual wealth.
So that we can all linger on the cross during Easter and stay close all year round, editor Nancy Guthrie has put together this special anthology. It is based on the works and sermons of classical theologians such as Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Ryle, and Augustine, as well as leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, RC Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, John MacArthur, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada Help Readers Find the Passion of Christ experience and anchor your hope in the power of His resurrection.
Fifty reasons why Jesus died
By John Piper
Why? The most important questions anyone can ask themselves are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What does that have to do with me? After all, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did it. Jesus was God's son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to that answer.
The central theme of Jesus' death is not the cause but the meaning – God's meaning. That's what this book is about. John Piper collected fifty reasons from the New Testament – not fifty reasons, but fifty reasons – in response to the most important question that each of us must ask: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending His Son to die ?
The cross: God's way of salvation
By Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Since his first sermon in 1925, Martyn Lloyd-Jones has consistently emphasized the importance of the sacrifice of Christ to us. This collection of sermons reveals this subject in Lloyd-Jones' classic expository style, demonstrating his gift of combining a warm, personal devotion to Jesus Christ with deep theological insights. His understanding of Scripture still makes the most mature believer ponder, but he brings a simplicity of thought to his sermon that even a child can understand and enjoy.
The cross explains how the crucifixion of Christ works for our salvation and why it is even the cornerstone of Christian life. From one of the greatest preachers of this century, this book is excellent read for ministers and anyone seeking a closer path with Christ.
The truth of the cross
By R. C. Sproul
Dr. R. C. Sproul surveys the great work that Jesus Christ accomplished through his crucifixion – the redemption of God's people. Dr. Looking at the Atonement from many angles, Sproul conclusively shows that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved.
Dr. Sproul opens the scriptures to show that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and that the cross was always God's intended method of bringing salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the Atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential teaching of the Christian faith that should be studied and understood by all believers.
In my place he was condemned:
Celebrate the glory of the Atonement
By J. I. Packer and Mark Dever
If ever there was a time and need for enthusiastic affirmation of the biblical doctrine of substitute reconciliation, it is now. Given this widespread principle, the anthology by J. I. Packer and Mark Dever plays an important role and calls readers to stand firm in the truth.
In my place, which he condemned, he combines three classic Packer articles: "The Heart of the Gospel"; his Tyndale Biblical Theology Lecture, "What Has The Cross Accomplished?"; and his introductory essay on John Owen's Death to Death in Christ's Death – with Diver's recent article "Nothing but the Blood". Thoughtful readers looking for a compact classic of this increasingly controversial doctrine need look no further than this pervasive volume.
Journey to the Cross (Audio Series)
By Alistair Begg
In this series, Alistair Begg leads us through the dramatic events surrounding the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane, the interrogation before Pilate, the crucifixion on Golgotha and the resurrection from the grave. In the account of the apostle John we encounter Jesus in all his majesty as he calmly confronts his adversaries and ultimately his own death on the cross. In doing so, the incarnated Son of God, the Messiah and the true King confronts us with his work on our behalf to offer salvation. These are credible historical realities. Will we respond to the invitation to believe them?
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The Gospel According to Luke, Volume 11 (Audio Series)
By Alistair Begg
At the beginning of the Gospel of Luke, its author explains his intention to make "an orderly record" about the person of Jesus so that whoever reads it can "have certainty about the things they have been taught." When we open his pages, we find just that. Luke traces the life of Jesus from his birth and ministry to his crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension, and presents us with a portrait of a perfect, divine Savior to whom we are fully and be able to fully believe.
In Volume 11 of this series, Alistair Begg guides us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Luke's account does not focus on the sensational details of Jesus' suffering, but rather on what he achieved on the cross. We see figures like Herod, the Roman centurion, Joseph of Arimathea and the women at the tomb before an important decision: will they carry on as they always have, or will they be changed by the work of redemption and the certain resurrection of Christ?
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Afterlife (audio series)
By Alistair Begg
In every generation, one issue remains a source of fascination and fear: death. Is it really the end? What happens after that? At a time when people are increasingly preoccupied with stories of out-of-body experiences and wonder about reincarnation, 1 Corinthians 15 is unique and impressive in its effects. Here is the classic Christian discussion on the main topic. We would do well to see carefully that we learn to speak with clarity and conviction on a subject of great confusion. When we learn how to die, we find the key to learning how to live.
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Scandalous: the cross and the resurrection of Jesus
By D. A. Carson
How should Christians approach the central doctrines of the gospel about the death and resurrection of Jesus? The Bible establishes the historicity of these events and does not leave their meaning ambiguous or open to interpretation. Even so, the cross is ironic and surprisingly strange. D. A. Carson shows that this strange irony has profound effects on our lives as he examines the history and theology of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
The case for Easter: a journalist examines the evidence of the resurrection
By Lee Strobel
Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead?
Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity.
But a dead man brought back to life? In our highly developed age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Contradicting reports make the empty grave look suspicious. And the sightings of Jesus after the crucifixion were explained in psychological terms.
How credible is the evidence for and against the resurrection? Lee Strobel focuses his award-winning legal journalist skills on the most compelling mystery in history and traces the amazing discoveries that led him from atheism to faith. Drawing on expert statements first published in his blockbuster book The Case for Christ, Strobel examines:
- The Medical Evidence: Was Jesus' Death a Fraud and His Resurrection a Joke?
- Missing Body Evidence: Was Jesus Really Not in His Tomb?
- Evidence of the apparitions: was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross?
The Case for Easter was written in a powerful journalistic style and explores the core themes of the resurrection.
Jesus Christ Risen from the Dead: Superstitious Myth or Life Changing Reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is yours.
The seven proverbs of the Savior on the cross
By A. W. Pink
The words that Christ spoke from the cross can inform Christians of the purpose, meaning, sufferings, and frugality of his death. After an introduction discussing the nature of Christ's death as natural, unnatural, supernatural, and supernatural, Dr. Arthur W. Pink clearly shows the lessons that can be drawn from the words of Christ – teachings about forgiveness, salvation, affection, fear, suffering, victory, and contentment. This comprehensive and accessible volume is useful for both sermon preparation and personal study.
Risen: 50 Reasons Why The Resurrection Changed Everything
By Steven D. Mathewson
What would happen if believers really understood how the resurrection of Jesus changed not only their own position with God, but everything? In the spirit of John Piper's Fifty Reasons why Christ died, Steven D. Mathewson unwraps the New Testament scriptures that speak of the reasons Jesus was raised from the dead.
Mathewson offers faith meditations on the major passages of the resurrection, taking these ancient truths and applying them to contemporary life. Resurrected explains not only why Jesus died, but also why His resurrection was necessary and how our lives will change when we understand and accept this essential truth of the Christian faith.
Edited by Gabriel N. E. Fluhrer
The Atonement includes lessons from some of the finest pastoral theologians of the last century (e.g., James Packer, RC Sproul, John R. Gerstner, Sinclair Ferguson, John R. DeWitt, and Alistair Begg) and covers a variety of topics related to the atonement . From the need for the Atonement to the homiletic power of the cross, each chapter helps the reader gain a deeper understanding of the nature and purpose of the Atonement. Biblical account is the hallmark of every author, and every subject is explained and applied with precision and persuasiveness.
The last days of Jesus: the most important week for the most important person who ever lived
By Andreas J. Köstenberger, Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart
Nearly two thousand years later, the events that took place during Jesus’ last days still reverberate through the ages. Designed as a day-by-day guide to Passion Week, The Final Days of Jesus leads us to reexamine and meditate on the history-making, earth-shaking significance of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and empty tomb.
Combining a chronological arrangement of the Gospel accounts with insightful commentary, charts, and maps, this book will help you better understand what actually happened all those years ago—and why it matters today.
Salvation by Crucifixion
By Philip G. Ryken
Philip Graham Ryken celebrates Easter with this thoughtful guidebook to understanding the cross. Seven answers to seven questions explain the why and the wherefore of the cross for a biblical faith and a Christian life.
Ryken covers the necessity of the cross for salvation; the offense it gives to Jews, gentiles, and any moral individual; the peace it brings to those who trust in Christ; the power it has to achieve God’s loving, saving purpose; the triumph it wins over sin, death, and the judgment of God; the humility it displays in the character of Jesus; and the boast it becomes for every believer.
To Seek and to Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross
By Sinclair Ferguson
What would it have been like to travel along the road with Jesus and the disciples as they moved toward the most pivotal point in all of human history—the crucifixion?
Best-selling author Sinclair Ferguson’s To Seek and to Save invites us to journey alongside Jesus on His final trip to Jerusalem. In this five-week Lenten devotional drawn from the Gospel of Luke, Sinclair gives us an intimate, up-close look at the vivid characters Jesus encountered as He made His way purposefully toward Calvary. From a speechless man to a fearful flock to an offended Pharisee, Jesus met all kinds of people—some seeking help, some simply curious, and some wanting nothing to do with Him.
In its unique collection of brief daily readings, To Seek and to Save compels us to consider our own response to Jesus as we learn from those who met Him face-to-face. Will we remain curious onlookers? Will we dismiss Him and walk away? Or will we believe that He is who He claimed to be?