You Can’t Spell Man Without: The Gospel by Travis Evans
May 3, 2007, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Culture


By: Travis Evans

As men, the Gospel is central to our manliness. Our manliness is shaped by the Gospel. To be men, we must be passionate about the cross of Christ.

“The cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough to it for its sparks to fall on us.” John Stott

Ways to cultivate passion for the cross*:

Practice strategic Scripture memory, relating to the cross.
Isaiah 53:3-6; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 5:6-11; Romans 8:32-39;
1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:21; Ephesians 2:1-5

Read and reflect upon the gospels.

Study the seven sayings of the Savior on the cross:

  1. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
  2. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
  3. “Woman, behold, your son! … Behold, your mother!”
  4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  5. “I thirst.”
  6. “It is finished.”
  7. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”

Study these effects of the cross:
Atonement, Substitution, Propitiation, Justification, Redemption, Reconciliation, Salvation

Study Galatians and Romans.
Utilize a commentary (John Stott’s)

Read a new book on the cross each year.

Re-read a good book on the cross each year.

Read Charles Spurgeon.

In relation to whatever you are reading in Scripture, ask: What is the relation of this verse to the cross?

Study the Old Testament in relation to the cross.
The Gospel and the Kingdom – Graeme Goldsworthy

Study the holiness of God and the doctrine of sin.
The Holiness of God – R. C. Sproul
The Enemy Within – Kris Lundgaard

Begin worship each day with cross-centered songs and hymns.

Begin prayer by confining yourself to giving thanks for the cross and the effects of the cross in your life.

Listen to cross-centered preaching.

Arrange extended times of worship and study about the cross.
Set aside 24 hours at an unfamiliar place to spend unhurried time studying the cross of Jesus Christ. Take your Bible and Gospel-centered books and CD’s.

Review your conversion testimony often.

*From the Main Thing, pt. 2

The Main Thing, pt. 1 and pt. 2 (From New Attitude 2000)
The Cross Centered Life – C. J. Mahaney
The Cross of Christ – John Stott
The Discipline of Grace – Jerry Bridges
The Atonement – Leon Morris


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