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He Died for Us

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The Divine Nature and Healing Power of Christ’s Death

Four sermons by early Baptist pastor and author Caleb Evans (1737-1791). Introduction by Dr. Michael A. Haykin.

In the history of God’s people there have been many Christians whose name has been forgotten but whose life and labors deserve to be remembered and treasured. This is most certainly the case with Caleb Evans (1737-1791). Pastor of Broadmead Baptist Church in Bristol, president of the Bristol Baptist College, founder of charity schools for the care of poor children, and opposer of an unjustifiable slave trade that had in Bristol one of its main centers, Evans was also a strong theologian. His commitment to the foundational truths of the Christian faith, as held and defended by particular Baptists, can be seen in the many publications he authored. He Died for Us, dealing with such a weighty subject as the divine nature and redeeming power of Christ’s death, is undoubtedly one of his most important works. Its biblical soundness, solid argumentations, and pastoral instructions make this a timeless work that will not fail to benefit the serious-minded reader.

The Baptist Heritage Series

The Baptist Heritage Series aims at republishing in updated language and format valuable books written by Baptist authors in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. It is based on the conviction that the recovery of these lost treasures will contribute to the theological and spiritual reformation so much needed in contemporary Christianity.


YEAR: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-943855-03-2



“Not only was the late eighteenth century indebted to Caleb Evans, but I have found my own twenty-first century mind greatly stirred and edified by his work. Evans engaged the timeless truth and power of the atoning work of Christ in the context of a specific challenge presented by the Socinian English Dissenter Joseph Priestly. Priestly denied the Trinity and consequently the deity of Christ, and, in a horrific cascade of consistency, the doctrine of substitution and propitiation in the atoning work of Christ. Necessarily then justification by faith and all its attendant doctrines had to go also. Evans looked to the central doctrine of substitutionary atonement as the key by which to reconstruct the power and truly biblical dimensions of all these doctrines. His cogent, clear and powerful presentation of biblical texts and doctrinal and apologetic reasoning about the glory of the cross and the person whose life it took feed the heart and satisfy the mind. In our own theological context, when some wearing the badge of evangelical seek to remove the biblical theme of substitution from the cross, this argument is just as relevant and powerful as it was when Evans first preached–and then published–his answer to these serious perversions of the gospel.”

Professor of Church History Emeritus
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY


“There are some doctrines of the Christian faith that must be re-articulated and defended in every generation until Jesus comes. Among these, perhaps none is more critical than the doctrine of the person and work of Christ as it comes to fruition in his atonement for sinners. In his generation, Caleb Evans, the Pastor of Broadmead Baptist Church and Principal of Bristol Baptist Academy, proclaimed and defended this great truth with eloquence and biblical precision. This republication gives us all another opportunity to profit from this important work.”

Principal, The Toronto Baptist Seminary, Toronto, Ontario


“Is there anything more soul-satisfying than the contemplation of Christ-crucified? Here is food for the hungry and rest for the weary. In the present work, Caleb Evans expounds the wonders of this glorious truth with biblical fidelity and pastoral sensitivity. Read it, and be encouraged in Christ our Savior.”

Pastor, Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX.
Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY


“In reading these four magnificent sermons by Caleb Evans from the 18th century on the achievement of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, one is struck with how relevant they are to today’s discussion! Throughout the ages, the cross has been a stumbling block to unbelievers but the power and wisdom of God to the church. Evans does a masterful job dismantling criticism of the cross in his day (which also applies to our own day) and simultaneously presenting our Lord’s work in all of its beauty, depth, and breadth. Take up and read these wonderful sermons, and more than that, rejoice in Christ crucified, and leave determined to know him who is life eternal and to make him known to the world.”

Professor of Christian Theology at
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Introduction by Dr. Michael A. Haykin


SERMON 1 – The Apostolic Doctrine of Christ Crucified

SERMON 2 – The Opposition to the Apostolic Doctrine of the Cross

SERMON 3 – The Unreasonableness of the Opposition

SERMON 4 – What the Gospel is for Those Who Believe It



Caleb Evans (1737–1791) was the eldest son of Hugh Evans (1712–1781), the pastor of Broadmead Baptist Church in Bristol, England, from 1758 till his death, as well as the president of Bristol Baptist Academy, the sole institution for training Baptist ministers in the British Isles for most of the eighteenth century. After being baptized as a believer in 1753 in Little Wild Street Church, London, Caleb Evans lived and served in London till he moved back to Bristol in 1759 to assist his father. He was formally set apart as co-pastor with his father in 1767, which also entailed being appointed tutor at the Academy. Three years after his appointment as a tutor at the Academy, he played a key role with his father in the re-organizing of the Academy on a sound financial basis, the Bristol Education Society, which accepted voluntary donations from churches and individuals. He became principal of the Academy on his father’s death in 1781.

Evans served as principal for ten years in which he was prolific as a writer—he penned more than thirty treatises and published sermon in his lifetime—and played a key role as the chief theological and spiritual mentor of the students who came to study in Bristol.

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