The atonement, and its significance to Christ’s death on the cross, is a doctrine sadly fading from focus in our modern evangelical churches. Yet Richard Phillips asserts that it is a necessary truth for Christian salvation. As soon as we start to ask questions like “How is Jesus the Christ?”, “Why do we need a Savior?”, and “What did he do to save us?”, the answers take us directly to Christ’s atoning work.
This booklet explores and defends the importance of the atonement in terms of its centrality, terminology, theories, extent, and role in ministry—the “why”, “what”, “how”, “for whom”, and “what then” of the atonement.
Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.
"Volumes of sound exposition are distilled in this wonderful booklet. Informed by centuries of Christian wisdom, What is the Atonement? has been written by a pastor who knows what it means to preach ‘Christ and him crucified’ for the salvation and health of sinners. Scarcely will a reader be so richly rewarded in so few pages."
Richard D. Phillips
Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.