The Atonement – Sermon Series and Songs

'The Scapegoat', William Holman Hunt

(Go here to read about this fascinating work and the significance of the frame etchings. HT – Sarah Parkerson Day)

Geoff Bradford, our new pastor, is beginning his residency with us in a series looking at the various aspects of the atonement.  There is a lot to read on this right now and always a bit of theological controversy to boot.  But when it comes to the atonement it goes with church history. For a short introduction the chapter on the atonement in Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology is thorough. Although a bit of an intimidating series to plan for the sermon’s have been rich and beautiful as we’ve examined the various aspects of the jewel of atonement. (Ransom, Propitiation, Expiation, Redemption, and Christus Victor). Go here to listen.

Here is our guide with scriptures, notes, and some questions for community groups. {PDF}

Trinity Church, Boston


1 Timothy 2:5-6 (c.f. Mark 10:45)
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Songs It is Finished (BiFrost Arts)  *  Here is Love (Brian Johnson) *  How Deep the Father’s Love (Townend)

Zurbaran-'Agnus Dei'


1 John 4:10 – In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

SongsFor Every Soul in Every Need (Michael Van Patter) *  In Christ Alone (Getty and Townend)

'Scapegoat' - Hunt


1 John 1:5-10 (cf. Leviticus 16:15-21; Hebrews 9:13-14)
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

SongsGod Be Merciful to Me (Indelible Grace) * Just As I Am (JG Hymns) * Nothing But the Blood (Trad)

'The Descending of New Jerusalem' (c) by Scott Erickson


Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

SongsHow Vast the Benefits Divine (Holly Dutton) Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (Irish Arr.) * Lamb of God, Our Souls Adore Thee (Rick Jensen)

'The Return of the Prodigal Son' - Rembrandt


2 Cor 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Songs To the Cross I Cling (Matt Boswell) * Arise, My Soul, Arise (igrace)

'Christus Victor' - Ravenna Chapel


Col 2:13-1513 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Songs –  Crown Him with Many Crowns (Enfield) * Praise the Savior (Trad – Benedict arr.)

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