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Overview 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 millennium. 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. This is a book that will inform students, reward laypeople and assist preachers in proclaiming the unsearchable riches of the cross of Christ.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: IVP Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.47" Height: 1.06" Weight: 0.86 lbs.
Release Date Aug 6, 2001
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series Bible Speaks Today
ISBN 0830824030 ISBN13 9780830824038
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More About 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. He is appreciated as a Bible expositor at conferences and conventions for which he is much in demand.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Message of the Cross: Wisdom Unsearchable, Love Indestructible (The Bible Speaks Today)?
Rich source of biblical teaching Jan 1, 2004
The central message of the bible must surely be the cross of Christ. Derek Tidball's book takes us through the many different passages where the bible articulates this message, including: Genesis 22 - the story of Abraham obeying God and offering his only son as a sacrifice Exodus 12 - the story of the Jewish Passover Psalm 22 - which foretells many aspects of Christ's suffering on the cross Isaiah 53 - which depicts a suffering servant, taken up in the NT as a prophecy of Christ's death on the cross
The accounts in the 4 gospels which while having many features in common, also have their own distinctive emphases
Paul's teaching about the cross in Romans 3, 1 Corinthians 1, 2 Corinthians 5, Ephesians 2, Colossinas 1-2, Galatians and Philippians
and the perspective of the writers of Hebrews, Peter and John in Revelation
The book is written as biblical theology, letting each author give his own point of view. While Tidball believes that these views harmonise, he does not smooth out the distinctions, but allows us to see them in their own settings.
This is the best book I have seen on the cross and I unreservedly recommend it.
Generally a Good Book Mar 3, 2002
Derek Tidball has done a fine job in his book on the cross. He divided the book into four main sections with a study guide at the end. In each section there are several chapters each being around 15 pages in length. Section 1 deals with the cross anticipated wherein Derek discusses the Old Testament prophetic and typological background. In section 2 he deals with the cross as experienced by Christ as we see in the 4 gospels. Section 3 goes through some of Paul's letters identifying how it is Paul explained the cross. Section 4 deals with the cross applied looking at the information on the cross in Hebrews, 1Peter, 1John, and Revelation. And finally, as mentioned above, there is a study guide. Basically the study guide has a set of questions to go along with each chapter of the book helping us to grasp and retain the vast amount of information.
As mentioned above in brief, this book covers a lot of information being rather detailed yet generally easy reading. Theologically speaking, Derek comes from the vicarious death view wherein Christ dies in the place of people and by faith they can be saved. One of the nice things about this book is its thoroughness dealing not only with the theological understanding of the cross, but also how the cross relates to us practically (that is, how it affects our lives). Really the only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because despite its thoroughness, I found that sometimes when you get to how Paul explains the cross and how the cross is applied, though Derek embarks on explaining the meaning of Paul's writings, etc., sometimes he doesn't really communicate the meaning of Paul's writings all that well. I was hoping, when I bought the book, to find a clearly defined explanation of all the statements of the cross and its connection to salvation and faith and I didn't get what I was hoping for. Nevertheless, this book has much to offer.
To develop my one criticism a bit further, I found in Derek's book what I have found in other books on the cross, that is a clear inconsistency between their view of the nature of Christ's death and how it relates to salvation by faith. In brief, it's simply inconsistent to believe that Christ died in the place of people as a payment and to say that those people have to believe in order to be saved, that is, freed from the payment. Why? Because if Christ's death is by nature a matter of payment wherein he is in effect paying off the "fine" due to your sins, upon paying off that "fine" you hardly have to believe in order to freed from the fine (i.e., saved). Freedom from punishment would be an automatic effect of Christ's death if Christ was paying off your fine on the cross. It's no different than if I pay off any of your debts (credit, legal, personal, etc.), my payment automatically frees you from the obligation to pay regardless of your trust or non-trust in me. Thus, there is no need for faith to be saved since one was saved automatically. This unfortunately is the problem that Derek runs into in his book. I was hoping that he had recognized the problem with the traditional explanation of a vicarious death and given a solution to the problem, though he does not..., but again, unfortunately Derek didn't really recognize this problem. Aside from that, the book has a lot of great information both theological and practical.