“Recapturing a theology of spiritual warfare for the twenty-first century will be strategic to the realization of God’s kingdom on earth.” The earliest Christians completely understood the work of Jesus on the cross and his exaltation to the right hand of God. The triumph of Jesus Christ over the principalities and powers is known as Christus Victor, and it serves as the basis for authority in spiritual warfare. Once again, the church needs to be reminded as to the nature of the spiritual realm, how it operates and become equipped to adequately deal with it so that the church might have the optimum conditions for success. If the church today is to fulfill its mission and truly be relevant, it must revisit and teach the theology of Christus Victor so that Christians will have the spiritual equipment they need in order to counter the elemental forces, which seek to shape culture and remake our world. Cinda L. Swan has written a cogent apologetic on spiritual warfare for the twenty-first century Church. Christus Victor is a deeply theological-yet imminently practical book that will forever impact your ministry and shape your world view. If you want to grow disciples and unleash lasting transformation in your family, church and community, Christus Victor will help orient you in the right direction regarding teaching and practicing the principles of spiritual warfare for any successful ministry endeavor. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter for group study.
Cinda L. Swan is an ordained minister in the United Methodist church. She teaches in the Christian Ministries department at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.