Why the Cross Really Matters


A collection of Bible-based articles and resources to use for yourself or with a group of other women.

When we really face off with the Cross, we're brought to our knees in agony over what we’ve done—what we still do—that put him there. We're chastened, put right, and reoriented by the Cross. As Isaac Watts so poignantly put it, “When I survey the wondrous cross . . . [I] pour contempt on all my pride.”

This download is meant to give you an opportunity to stand before the Cross; to survey it, contemplate it, and absorb the meaning of Jesus’ act of sacrificial love. The articles in these pages also lead you to the empty tomb: to Resurrection Sunday when we rejoice in Christ’s victory over sin and death.
Introduction: Gravel Travel
Avoiding the Cross
by Kelli B. Trujillo

Leader’s Guide
How to use “Why the Cross Really Matters” for a group study.

Seven Days to Live
What can we learn from Jesus’ last week on earth?
by Bill Hybels

The Scars of Easter
He knows the wounds of humanity. His hands prove it.
by Paul Brand (with Philip Yancey)

What Difference Does Easter Make?
How Jesus’ death and resurrection affects our own life and death
by Rick Warren

Surveying the Wondrous Cross
Why did Jesus have to die?
by Philip Yancey

What’s So Good about Good Friday?
Learning to see darker days in a different light
by Carolyn Arends

Even More Than Hope
The surprising ways Jesus’ resurrection enables us to thrive in the face of difficulty and fear
by Carol Kent

A Manifold Resurrection
Why the risen Jesus met people in five different ways— and still does
by John Witte Jr.

Resurrection Worship
Stepping into Mary Magdalene’s story
by Jodi Adams.

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Total number of pages - 66 pages


Format: PDF


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