It is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement
"Theological and devotional, expositional and inspirational: these are four words that well capture this excellent work on the doctrine of penal substitution. Thank you, Mark and Michael, for this gift to the church of the Lord Jesus. Read it and...
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"Theological and devotional, expositional and inspirational: these are four words that well capture this excellent work on the doctrine of penal substitution. Thank you, Mark and Michael, for this gift to the church of the Lord Jesus. Read it and be instructed. Read it and be blessed." - Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary"Dever and Lawrence remind us that at the heart of Christianity is Christ, and the heart of Christ's ministry is the cross, and the heart of the cross is penal substitution. Nor is penal substitution limited to part of the canon. Both in the OT and the NT forgiveness of sins comes only through substitution. The OT anticipates the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ, the Gospels relate the story of his sacrifice, and the Epistles explicate what Christ has accomplished for his people. What a joy to have the truth of Christrs"s work for us set forth in sermons, for we see clearly that Christrs"s atoning work is no abstraction. Dever and Lawrence in these well-crafted sermons both instruct us in Godrs"s Word and apply it powerfully to the lives of both believers and unbelievers." - Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary"Dever and Lawrence remind you of the supreme splendor of the cross. With homiletical wisdom, exegetical skill, and pastoral zeal, they will draw your mindrs"s attention and heartrs"s affection to the majesty of Christ in the atonement. In the process, you will not only be exposed to exemplary sermons on this extremely important doctrine, but you will also be overwhelmed by the breathtaking glory of the one who has satisfied the wrath of God by substituting himself in our place. All praise be to God for this indescribably wonderful reality and all thanks be to him for this immensely helpful book." - David Platt, Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama"In many churches, the cross is sung more forcefully than it is preached. Some of the most moving and memory-shaping hymns and songs of the faith are also the bloodiest, those that remind us that we were purchased with blood. Sadly, for many, the power of the atonement seems simply to be lyrics, left unconsidered for most of life. This book, by faithful preachers Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence, calls us to preach and teach and pray the curse-absorbing substitutionary atonement as emphatically as we sing it. As you see the glory of Christ crucified in these sermons, you will want to sing, and to preach, and to praise the Messiah who stood in our place on Skull Hill." - Russell D. Moore, Dean, School of Theology; Senior Vice President for Academic Administration; Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary"We need a clarion call to bring us back to the hard-won doctrines that the Reformers died to establish. Dever and Lawrence have masterfully traced the thread of one of the most significant of these truths through the Old and New Testaments. They argue that the sacrificial atonement is not merely an image, theory, or perspective; it is the very foundation of how God brought about salvation. To comprehend the gospel fully, we must understand this work of Christ. It is Well should be required reading for every pastor and will deepen any Christianrs"s awareness of Christrs"s work on the cross. I encourage you to read and reread this book and cling tightly to what it says." - Dennis Newkirk, Senior Pastor, Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma"Dever and Lawrence take a topic that is intimidating to many-substitutionary atonement-and make it practical to both the scholar and the common man. Rich in exposition an
The idea of Christ's substitutionary atonement for sinners is central in both the Old and New Testaments—from the Passover to the prophets to the words of Jesus and the apostles. In It Is Well, pastors Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence demonstrate how the atonement is clearly taught throughout Scripture.
Starting with Exodus 12 and moving through other key Old Testament passages into the Gospels and the epistles of Paul and Peter, the authors offer careful expositions on fourteen crucial texts. As they speak to important issues such as what happens when there is no substitute for sin, why God forsook Christ, Jesus' perspective on his substitutionary work, and the necessity and benefits of the atonement, they show how much the doctrine applies to the Christian life.
It Is Well not only encourages pastors to preach this essential doctrine for the strengthening of the church, but it helps individual believers understand and exult in the richness of God's love in Christ.
Mark Dever (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and Executive Director for 9 Marks Ministries. Dr. Dever has contributed to several books on church health and church leadership, and is a visiting professor at both Beeson Divinity School, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
He has written What Is A Healthy Church?; 9 Marks Of A Healthy Church (Expanded 2004), The Deliberate Church, The Message of the Old Testament: Promises made, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept, and Twelve Challenges Churches Face.
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Michael Lawrence started his working life as a graphic designer and photographer and subsequently worked as (among other things) a television script reader, an antiques dealer, and a publicist for a traveling circus. He now writes full-time and currently lives near Stamford, England, some forty miles from the house in which he was born the house he calls Withern Rise in "The Underwood See"..