Meditating on the Cross

Posted by The 4pm Team on February 24, 2011
Categories: RML Mark Thursday

We've just had a great weekend away thinking about the cross. The question is, is that it? Doctrine ticked off, look forward to the next weekend?

I really want to urge us not to think like that - because as we're seeing in Mark 8-10 at the moment, understanding the cross rightly is utterly crucial to how we view God and ourselves, and if you're anything like me, the times that our worldviews are really changed are when we sit down and take stock of what we've been learning.

If you missed out on the weekend or would value hearing them again, then you can find a link to some very similar talks from last year's cross weekend away here (note that 'Facets of the Cross: Penal Substitution' was the first talk of the weekend, which is halfway down the page, so start there!).

As was repeated many times over the weekend, we only really scratched the surface of the riches of understanding of the cross, and so let's keep encouraging each other to being reading books that go deeper. Our recommendations to start with are:

Pierced for our Transgressions by Andrew Sach, Mike Ovey and Steve Jeffery

Cross Examined by Mark Meynell

But after that there are loads more great books out there which can be found on the St Helen's bookstall, like:

In my place condemned he stood by Mark Dever and J.I.Packer

Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

Living the Cross Centred Life by C.J.Mahaney

Or, for those of us that have time to listen to talks on our way to work, you can find a link to a great 3 talk series on 'Enjoying the Cross' by Mike Reeves here, which trace the idea of penal subsititution through the whole Bible!

Prep notes for next week can be found here (pdf).

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