The Gospel

God of the Cross: 5 Recommended Books on the Atonement

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Consider recommending these five books on this precious doctrine to your people.

How Does the Cross of Christ Make Sense of the Kingdom of God?

By Jeremy Treat | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

From the bruised heel of Genesis 3:15 to the reigning lamb of Revelation 22:1, the Bible is a redemptive story of a crucified messiah who brings the kingdom through his atoning death on the cross.

Lose Particular Redemption, Lose Penal Substitution

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Penal substitution implies efficacious redemption.

How Does Penal Substitution Relate to Other Atonement Theories?

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Penal substitution best accounts for why the divine Son had to die, and why he alone saves.

Did the Church Fathers Affirm Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

By Brian Arnold | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Did the church fathers also hold to the doctrine of penal substitution? The answer is yes and no.

Four Questions to Ask about the Atonement

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

It is only in viewing Christ as our penal substitute that we truly understand the depth of God’s holy love for us, the horrendous nature of our sin before God, and the glory of our substitute—Jesus Christ our Lord.

Does Penal Substitutionary Atonement Rupture the Trinity?

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

How do we preach the cross without communicating some kind of rupture in the Trinity?

Answering 4 Common Objections to Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

At the root of every caricature of penal substitutionary atonement is a distorted doctrine of God.

On the Inexhaustible Riches of Preaching Christ and Him Crucified

By Jeremy Walker | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Christ in his death and resurrection is the beating heart of the gospel. So preach penal substitutionary atonement in all its range and richness.

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20 Quotes from It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement

By M. Dever, M. Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

20 quotes from It Is Well, a book by Mark Dever & Michael Lawrence.

Your Church Needs More Time for Personal Testimonies

By Dustin Crowe | 08.19.2019

We should consider implementing personal testimonies—the practice of remembering God’s wondrous works and celebrating his mighty deeds in our lives and churches.

Preach the Gospel . . . and the Law

By Eric Beach | 07.29.2019

Scripture contains both commands to obey (law) and promises to believe for salvation (gospel). These are not antithetical to each other. Instead, they play indispensable yet different roles in the lives of Christians.

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out

By Winston T. Smith | 07.15.2019

The victory of sin and death and the presence of suffering are only temporary in light of Jesus’ resurrection.

Book Review: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, by Mark Vroegop

Review by Benjamin Vrbicek | 06.06.2019

Like the book of Lamentations, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy was also born out of tragedy.

Why Russian Churches Need Membership

By Evgeny Bakhmutsky | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.