The Message of the Cross

The Message of the Cross

Wisdom Unsearchable, Love Indestructible

by Derek Tidball

The Message of the Cross
  • Length: 341 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: July 06, 2001
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2403-8
  • Item Code: 2403
  • Case Quantity: 28

The message of the cross is the centerpiece of New Testament proclamation and a defining feature of evangelical faith. Each generation of faith must carefully revisit and faithfully rearticulate this message. New challenges lay new questions at the door of faith, and this is no less the case at the turn of the third millenium.

In this book Derek Tidball first reviews the state of the message of the cross in evangelical spirituality and theology today. He then revisits the key biblical texts in which the cross is anticipated in the Old Testament, experienced in the Gospels, and explained and applied in the Epistles and Revelation.

A careful exegete who is conversant with both current theology and contemporary culture, Tidball reaffirms the classically honed truth of the gospel and responds to objections in a pastorally sensitive manner. The Message of the Cross is a book that will inform students, reward laypeople and assist preachers in proclaiming the unsearchable riches of the cross of Christ.


General Preface

Author's Preface

Chief Abbreviations

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Introduction: The Cross in Evangelical Spirituality and Theology Today

Part 1: The Cross Anticipated
1. The Lord Will Provide - Genesis 22:1-19
2. It Is the Lord's Passover - Exodus 12:1-51
3. "This Day Atonement Shall Be Made for You" - Leviticus 16:1-34
4. "My God, My God, Why?" - Psalm 22:1-31
5. Man of Sorrows - Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Part 2: The Cross Experience
6. Crucified Messiah - Matthew 26:1-27:56
7. Suffering Servant - Mark 14:1-15:47
8. Compassionate Saviour - Luke 22:1-19:42
9. Glorious Life-giver - John 18:1-19:42

Part 3: The Cross Explained
10. The Cross As Undeserved Righteousness - Romans 3:21-26
11. The Cross As Wise Folly - 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5
12. The Cross As Fatal Reconciliation - 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Ephesians 2:11-22; Colossians 1:19-20
13. The Cross As Present History - Galatians 2:20; 5:24; Philippians 3:10-11
14. The Cross As Tragic Victory - Colossians 2:8-15

Part 4: The Cross Applied
15. Once For All - Hebrews 10:1-18
16. To This You Were Called - 1 Peter 1:2; 18-21; 2:13-25; 3:18-22
17. God Is Love - 1 John 4:7-14
18. Worthy Is the Lamb - Revelation 5:1-14

Study Guide

Derek Tidball

Derek Tidball is visiting scholar at Spurgeon's College, London. Previously he served as principal of the London School of Theology where he lectured in pastoral theology. His books include The Reality of Christ: The Message of Colossians for Today, Skillful Shepherds: Explorations in Pastoral Theology, and commentaries in the Bible Speaks Today Series. In addition, he is series editor for the Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes Series.