The Cross in Four Words ebook

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Discover how the cross delivers everything the world needs most: Freedom, forgiveness, justice, and purpose.

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Freedom, forgiveness, justice, and purpose. We long for them in our lives and in the world. The cross delivers them!

Yet sometimes we are so familiar with the cross that it loses its impact on us. We forget that Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection are the most important events in human history and our lives. The cross is the fulfillment of God’s salvation plan, promised from the dawn of time. It is central to the Bible, central to our faith, and central to the meaning and purpose of our lives.

This foundational book looks at passages from both the Old and New Testaments to sum up the victory of the cross in four words: freedom, forgiveness, justice, and purpose, and what that means for us personally.

Marvel at the cross afresh and be moved to love and serve the Lord Jesus with renewed zeal and joy.

This short yet profound book is a very useful discipleship tool. It can be read individually, in pairs, or in small groups.

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  • Introduction (Richard Coekin)
  • 1. Freedom (Kevin DeYoung)
  • 2. Forgiveness (Yannick Christos-Wahab)
  • 3. Justice (Kevin DeYoung)
  • 4. Purpose (Richard Coekin)

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Author Kevin DeYoung, Richard Coekin, Yannick Christos-Wahab
ISBN 9781784985271
Format eBook
First published June 2020
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company

Melissa Kruger

Director of Content, The Gospel Coalition; Author, The Envy of Eve

If we forget the cross—or fail to understand our desperate need of its reconciling work—we will lose our joy. The Cross in Four Words redirects our gaze to “Christ crucified,” reminding us of the love that bore our sin so that we might experience true freedom, forgiveness, justice, and purpose. This helpful book will refresh your heart and renew your mind in the wonder of such a great salvation.

Tim Chester

Pastor, Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; Faculty Member, Crosslands Training; Author, Enjoying God

Whether you find the cross of Christ a bit of puzzle or you want your heart to be filled with wonder all over again, The Cross in Four Words is a great book to go to. It’s short and simple, but it takes us deep into the heart of the mystery of God’s reconciling love.

Alistair Begg

Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio; Author, Pray Big

This is a really helpful book that I will be sharing widely. I read it in a single sitting and took a lot of notes.

Independent reviews

The Cross in Four Words

Josh Olds, Life Is Story, June 17th 2020

The Cross in Four Words is a simple, compact volume of just 91 pages meant to introduce readers to the core of the Gospel message. Kevin DeYoung, Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christie-Wahab come together for four essays that take readers to the heart of the cross.... continue reading


JONNY IVEY, Heirs Magazine, June 16th 2020

The Cross in Four Words is the smallest book I’ve found which lays out how God doesn’t change; across the Bible, God simply takes his plans for his people and scales them upward.

Oh, and those four words? Freedom, forgiveness, justice and purpose.... continue reading

Book Review: The Cross in Four Words

Aaron Lee, Musicgoon, June 2nd 2020

Can you tell the Gospel story in a clear and simple way? In The Cross in Four Words, Kevin DeYoung, Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christos-Wahab help you see God’s plan of salvation and enjoy the true freedom, forgiveness, justice, and purpose which we find only at the cross.... continue reading

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“Give it to older teens . . . now!”

Here is a great little resource for helping us frame our thoughts as we aim to communicate the work of Jesus to others. That, and get our own heads straight around essentials - a good beginners guide.

Might I suggest that we find books like this and give them to our older teens especially those heading off to university and and the work place. This will help them prepare to give their explanation of the hope that is within them at any level from over-a-cup-of-coffee through to more formal situations.

I have just one caveat, hence my 4 star rather than 5 star rating. On pages 66f the illustration of substitution as an elder brother taking the rap for the wrongs of the younger siblings is barbed. For the target age range I see this book aimed at, family injustices (real and imagined) are sorely felt. If there's a second printing, and I do hope there is, a less 'explosive' illustration should be found.

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