I am a relatively new Christian having come to faith in my late teens. Now in my twenties I like to read Christian literature to help with the growth of my faith and to hear what other Christians have to say. After having finished the thought-provoking The Impossible Mentor by Ray Hollenbach in October I mooched through what other Christian literature I had on my Kindle. There was still plenty to choose from but I plumped for The Truth of the Cross by R C Sproul.
In The Truth of the Cross Sproul set out to discuss what Jesus did through his teachings, death and resurrection and what that meant for mankind. The immediate effect to those living at the time is pretty obvious as Jesus’s disciples went out into the world preaching and converting and so the Christian faith began. Does Jesus’s actions still affect us so profoundly today? Sproul argues that they certainly do. That even in the modern would we too can follow the teachings of Jesus, can act as his original disciples did and can be redeemed through his sacrifice. The premise of The Truth of the Cross is perhaps a simple one. Of course Jesus affects our lives today and yet I don’t think many people even practicing Christians today actually believe that as much as perhaps they should.
R C Sproul is another new author for me this year. I have really been well supplied with new Christian non-fiction this year. I thought The Truth of the Cross was a clear, concise and well written novel. Sproul argued his points well with scripture and examples to back up his beliefs. I agree with several of the points he made and many more got me thinking. Yet of the Christian non-fiction I have read this year I think this is the one I have not connected with the least. I’m not entirely sure why though there was technically nothing wrong with this book. I think it was perhaps similar to The Impossible Mentor in the fact it wasn’t that ground breaking for me.
The Truth of the Cross is a simple but well done piece of Christian non-fiction focusing in on Jesus and how we can follow him today. I recommend for those interested in Christian literature.
Have you read Sproul? Any recommendations for other faith literature?