TITLE: The Power of the Cross: Putting it to Work in Your Life
AUTHOR: Tony Evans
PUBLISHER: Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2016, (208 pages).
Second, Evans explains the purpose of the cross, something which I feel some believers may have forgotten or taken for granted. At the cross, we learn of the holiness of God; our inability to keep the whole law; and the pervasiveness of our sins. The cross is a mark of our identity in Christ. It is a reminder of how much we depend on Christ. It shows us the true power and authority of God. It is a sign that we are released from the punishment of sins, that we can live as free people once again.
Third, Evans homes in on the power of the cross, mentioned as the title of this book. At the cross, we are offered stability as God and man are reconciled. We see the unshakeable kingdom having come and also on its way to earth. There is the power of stability and deliverance. We remember the cross and the sacrifice of Jesus as we partake the communion. This is something no sermon can fix, no Sunday service can bring, but only in the cross can we be brought to a profound presence of God's love. There is the final victory when Christ comes again and the kingdom dominates all of creation, both in heaven and on earth.
Written with deep conviction and powerful words, Evans has done it again. A popular and eloquent speaker, he has managed to bring to print the blessings of his preaching to readers far and wide. The topic of the cross of Christ needs to be emphasized and taught over and over again. Many books have already been written on it, the classic of which is John Stott's "The Cross of Christ." In one volume, we learn a lot about the person of Jesus, the significance of the cross, and the power that Christians can have with regards to purposeful, meaningful, and passionate Christian living. Christians need to be reminded that the cross is not simply one part of theology to learn about, only to be put aside in some bookshelves. It is central to our faith. It is because of such importance that Christians need to be cajoled over and over again about the place of the cross in their lives.
Even though there are many things believers already knew, Evans has put together an easy to read and understand description of the cross, so that our Christian lives can be unleashed with all the power of the joy of living in the name of Jesus at the cross of Christ. If we can do that, our faith will not be in vain at all, both now and tomorrow. Put together with simple illustrations, due to the importance of teaching the cross, I warmly recommend this book for readers of all stages of their Christian lives.
Rating: 4.5 stars of 5.
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