It is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement
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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.
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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Pastors Dever and Lawrence expound key biblical texts on the atonement to show its centrality throughout Scripture, strengthen the church's commitment to this doctrine, and demonstrate its application to the Christian life.
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
MICHAEL LAWRENCE is Senior Pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Washington DC. He earned a PhD in church history from Cambridge University and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Lawrence is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church
Jonathan3 Stars Out Of 5July 29, 2010JonathanI have been intrigued with the idea of atonement for some time now. Atonement is one of those beliefs that has generated a tremendous amount of conversation and even some disagreement. A number of theories of atonement abound in Biblical and theological studies. One of those theories deals with the idea of penal substitution. The idea of penal substitution is based on Romans 6:23 which declares that the wages of sin is death. Our sin earns the punishment of death, but instead of us reaping the wages of sin, Jesus comes as our substitute (this is a very simplistic definition of penal substitution). One book that focuses on the penal substitution theory of atonement is "It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement" by Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence. This book is very insightful about this theory of atonement, but I believe that certain statements in the book minimize the other theories of atonement. While I believe wholeheartedly that atonement does include penal substitution I also believe that atonement is a complex idea that includes more than only penal substitution. I value the insight the Dever and Lawrence draw from Scripture on this theory and I think this book lays a strong foundation for the Biblical understanding of penal substitution. But to accept penal substitution at the expense of the remaining theories of atonement is difficult for me. Overall this is a very solid book on the atonement theory of penal substitution, but it is not the end of the conversation on atonement. It is simply another solid addition to the conversation. I don't believe that atonement can be fully grasped because it flows from the love that God has for us. I recommend this book be read along side books on the other theories of atonement to get a balanced perspective.I received this book free from Crossway to review.