>Since the gospel is “of first importance,” I prioritize on reading, in addition to the Word, books focused on the cross. Currently in “The Great Exchange” by Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington.
Here’s a quote from the preface that is vital:
“Yet, in recent times it has become apparent that some in the church have drifted away from the historical gospel and ventured to redefine sin and redemption and even the meaning of the cross. Some have done this in a sincere attempt to make the gospel message more acceptable to today’s culture. Others have attempted to usher in an age of greater authenticity and depth of commitment. But regardless of sincerity, no attempt to reform the church can succeed if it departs in any way from the centrality of the message that our sinless Christ actually died on a real cross as the sin bearer for those who are united to Christ by faith in His substitutionary sacrifice and righteousness.” (emphasis added)