You've never met him in person, and you don't know anyone who has. But there is a way to know who he is. How? Jesus Christ--the divine Person revealed in the Bible--has a unique excellence and a spiritual beauty that speaks directly to our souls and says, "Yes, this is truth." It's like seeing the sun and knowing that it is light, or tasting honey and knowing that it is sweet.
The depth and complexity of Jesus shatter our simple mental frameworks. He baffled proud scribes with his wisdom but was understood and loved by children. He calmed a raging storm with a word but would not get himself down from the cross.
Look at the Jesus of the Bible. Keep your eyes open, and fill them with the po ... more
The best selling book by John Piper, "Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his sdeath? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God' s Son.
The central issue of Jesus' death is not the cause, but the meaning-God's meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament 50 reasons. Not 50 causes, but 50 purposes in answer to the most important question that each of us must face; What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?
The work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith.
"I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?" With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God's redemption of the world -- a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war.
Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today?
Dr. Arthur W. Pink clearly illustrates the lessons that Christians can learn from the words Christ spoke on the cross. ''My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?'' Christ's startling words of suffering are powerfully mystifying. Pink unveils some of the mystery by vibrantly conveying the lesson from this and the six other utterances of Christ on the cross. These words '' 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.'' Valuable for sermon preparation or just for rich devotion.
Ichthus is the Greek word for a fish. Its five Greek letters form the first letters of the early Christian confession that 'Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Saviour.' To draw a fish sign meant: 'I am a Christian.'
To be a Christian, according to the New Testament is to know Christ. But who is he, and what is the meaning of his life? In Ichthus Sinclair Ferguson and Derek Thomas answer these questions by taking us on a tour of nine key events in Jesus' life and ministry. Their aim is to help us both understand and share the confession of those early Christians who drew the fish sign.
In "Cries from the Cross" pastor Lutzer discusses Jesus' last words from the cross. Here we see His heart and His love for His people whom He redeemed. In His cries we see the humanity of Jesus, and we gain a new appreciation for the enormity of God's love for us.
Numerous writers and composers have been captivated by the suggestiveness of Jesus' Seven Last Words. But Richard John Neuhaus's sustained exploration of these utterances is something altogether different. Through them he plumbs the depths of human experience and sets forth the central narrative of Western civilization -- the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ -- in a way that engages the attention of believers, unbelievers, and those who are not sure what they believe. Death on a Friday Afternoon is an invitation to the reader into a spiritual and intellectual exploration of the dark side of human experience with the promise of light and life on the far side of darkness.
It's known to people everywhere. Some Rever it. Other us it as an oath. For Christians, it identifies who they are. the Bible says that all Heaven, earth and hell respond to the Name of Jesus. What sets this Name apart from all others? The Name of Jesus: Legacy Edition answers this question in convincing detail.
The four great philosophical questions are: what is real? how can we know what is real? who are we? and how should we live? They motivate the disciplines of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical anthropology, and ethics. From a Christian perspective, the answer to all four is Jesus.
The Prophets Still Speak identifies some of the major Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament and shows their New Testament fulfillment in Christ.
This book is exciting, informative, and life-transforming -- a tremendous evangelistic tool to use in sharing the gospel with Jew and Gentile alike. It has been translated into Russian for use with immigrants from the former Soviet Union and other Russian-speaking people.
We all know who Jesus is--or think we do. We see children flock to him and gentle wisdom lovingly pour from him. We see the kindest man in the world. But these pictures are deceptively familiar. In the Gospels Jesus says and does many puzzling things--like shriveling a fig tree or telling followers to keep his miracles a secret. He is hard on his opponents, the Pharisees, but also makes extreme demands on his followers--like urging them to be as perfect as the Father in heaven. Tim Stafford, informed by acclaimed New Testament scholars such as N. T. Wright, takes us behind such two-dimensional images by unearthing the specific historical and cultural situation of Jesus' day. What Jesus said about the kingdom of God, abou ... more
In this classic exploration of the Scriptures, Andrew Murray leads the reader to a complete understanding of the significance and reality of the power of the shed blood of Christ. Astounding results can take place in your life once you have learned about
Majesty in the midst of the Mundane. He looks like anything but a king. His face is prunish red. His cry, though strong and healthy, is still the helpless and piercing cry of a baby. He is absolutely dependent upon Mary for his well being.
Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, through the womb of a teenager, and in the presence of a mere carpenter. God had come near! Travel back in time and relive Christ the Son of God becoming man.
In this stunning work, Max Lucado views the Savior who walked among us through a distinctly human lens. He speaks plainly to those of us who prefer to keep Jesus otherworldly, distant, and predictable: don't do it. For heav ... more
Here is the key to thought of one of our time's central moral figures. It reveals Bonhoeffer's deep, firm roots in Christian doctrine, and it relates that doctrine to twentieth-century decisions every Christian must face. Essential for those interested in the developement of Bonhoeffer's thinking, "Christ the Center is as well an important addition to Christological thought and a clear guides to how we are to believe and act in the uncertainty of the times. These lectures originally delivered at the University of Berlin (reconstructed by Eberhard Bethge from students' notes) have been completely retranslated by Edwin Robertson for this new edition.
In the latest installment of his popular series examining the basics of the Christian faith, Ron Lavin takes another look at the final days of Jesus? life on earth through the eyes of the people whose lives were changed by their encounters with the Lord.
Jesus Forgives My Sins explains the sacrament of penance in language children inthe primary grades (grades 1-3) can understand. Can be used as a supplement toformal classroom preparation or shared with the child before the school lessonsbegin.
Following his work on the unconditional love of God in "The Wisdom of Tenderness, bestselling Christian writer Brennan Manning now turns to the life and work of Jesus to find an answer to what he believes is the most pressing spiritual problem of our age:
"By his wounds we are healed"--Isaiah 53:5. We are wounded people. In this fallen world, people are hurt and exploited. Children are abused. Marriages are broken. Tragedies of all kinds afflict us and the ones we love. Woundedness, it seems, is simply a fact of life. But we are not alone in our suffering. Despite our emotional, psychological and physical injuries, God has not abandoned us. God is not distant or aloof. On the contrary, through the ministry of Jesus, God enters our painful situations to bring healing and redemption. Balancing sound biblical exposition with sensitive pastoral care, Stephen Seamands examines the profound implications of Jesus' crucifixion for our healing and restoration. Because Jesus experi ... more
Brennan Manning, author of the best selling book The Ragamuffin Gospel, undertakes the impossible task of explaining the two very different sides of the Son of God--his explosive power and his incredible tenderness--and calls us to "adopt the astonishing life of a committed disciple." This book of meditations, originally published by Chosen Books in 1986, is sprinkled with perceptive observations and Manning's own brand of tough love honesty. The beloved Son of God, says Brennan, wants us to know and experience our own belovedness and to share in his intimacy with the Father.
"Jesus wrote no autobiography. He left nothing in writing at all. He committed himself and his teaching simply to the hearts and memories of the men who knew and loved him. And they did not fail him. The four little books that we call Gospels are our primary and practically our only sources of information about the life and the words that have changed the world. We may wish the story had been told with greater fullness and detail; but we know that, short as it is, it is enough. It has given Christ to every race and age." (excerpt from Chapter 1: The Making of the Gospels)
Who is the real Jesus? How can we experience the mystery, compelxity, and richness of his spirituality and teachings in our lives today? In this gently instructive and inspiring guide, Luke Timothy Johnson leads us to a deeper understanding and practiceof classic Christian spirituality and faith. Translating his biblical scholarship into simple, elegant language, he offers a compelling and wise reflection on the real Jesus--not the reconstructed historical figure but the resurrected Christ, a living savior we can encounter every day.
"Living Jesus" elucidates the mystery of Jesus' resurrection and its central role in the Christian experience. It explores the diversity and fullness of the New Testament views of Christ, ... more
Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question -- which any historian must face -- renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key question: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about this belief?.
The book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds, It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sha ... more