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The Living Church

Hardback|Nov 2007
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What exactly is a living church? Author John Stott explains, 'We need more radically conservative churches: "conservative" in the sense that they conserve what Scripture plainly requires, but radical in relation to that combination of tradition and convention that we...


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What exactly is a living church? Author John Stott explains, 'We need more radically conservative churches: "conservative" in the sense that they conserve what Scripture plainly requires, but radical in relation to that combination of tradition and convention that we call "culture". Scripture is unchangeable, but culture is not.'

The Living Church brings together a number of characteristics of what the author calls 'authentic' or 'living' church. The marks, being clearly biblical, are timeless and need to be preserved.

We are encouraged to become learning churches, caring churches, worshipping churches and evangelising churches.
John Stott unpacks the Bible's wisdom rigorously with a teacher's skill and applies it faithfully with a pastor's heart. Becoming a living church is not an impossible goal.

CONTENTS

Preface: 'Emerging churches'
The postmodern world

1. Essentials: God's vision for his church
A learning church
A caring church
A worshipping church
An evangelizing church

2. Worship: Glorying in God's holy name
Biblical worship
Congregational worship
Spiritual worship
Moral worship

3. Evangelism: Mission through the local church
Forms of evangelism
The church must understand itself: its theology
The church must organize itself: its structures
The church must express itself: its message
The church must be itself: its life

4. Ministry: The Twelve and the Seven
An every-member ministry
The pastoral ministry
The example of the apostle (the shepherd)
The invasion of false teachers (the wolves)
The value of the people (the sheep)

5. Fellowship: The implications of koinonia
Our common inheritance
Our common service
Our mutual responsibility
Some practical illustrations

6. Preaching: Five paradoxes
Biblical and contemporary
Authoritative and tentative
Prophetic and pastoral
Gifted and studied
Thoughtful and passionate

7. Giving: Ten principles
Springing from the Trinity
Creating equality according to our means
Careful supervision and friendly rivalry
A harvest with symbolic significance
The result: thanksgiving to God

8. Impact: Salt and light
The truths of salt and light
Weapons for social change
Christian distinctives

Conclusion:
Looking for Timothys in the twenty-first century

A threefold appeal
Where are the Timothys?

Three historical appendices
An autobiographical sketch
I. Why I am still a member of the Church of England
II. I have a dream of a living church
III. Reflections of an octogenarian
-Publisher.

John Stott brings describes the characteristics of an authentic or living church that conserves Scripture and radically combines tradition and that convention called culture. He presents the Bible's wisdom with a teacher's skill and applies it with a pastor's heart. Stott shows that becoming a living church is not an impossible goal.
-Publisher

Reflecting on his more than sixty years of service at All Souls and a worldwide ministry that led Time magazine to acknowledge him as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World," John Stott alerts a church that is in transition to the marks of a church that is living. The Living Church is the full articulation of Stott's dream for the body of Christ in the world today. To the people of God who inherit the global church he has helped to build for the past sixty years, he bequeaths this calling: There is such a thing as goodness: pursue it. The postmodern mood is unfriendly to all universal absolutes. Yet the apostle says there is such a thing as truth: fight for it. And there is such a thing as life: lay hold of it. May God enable us to make an unabashed commitment . . . to what is true, what is good and what is real. Market/Audience General readers Pastors Church leaders Endorsements "Gold on every page." RICHARD BEWES, rector emeritus, All Souls Church "Vintage Stott: . . . challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom." VAUGHAN ROBERTS, author of God's Big Picture "A vision for a church whose roots are deeply biblical and whose touch reaches a dying world." AMY ORR-EWING, Zacharias Trust, author of Is the Bible Intolerant? Features and Benefits An in-depth look at Stott's view of the church One answer to the question "What is church?" Helpful for churchgoers and pastors alike
-Publisher

At the 150th anniversary of the dedication of his church, John Stott gave voice to his dream for All Souls, London, and all souls everywhere: "I have a dream of. . . abiblicalchurch. . . aworshipingchurch. . . acaringchurch. . . aservingchurch. . . anexpectantchurchReflecting on his more than sixty years of service at All Souls and a worldwide ministry that ledTimemagazine to acknowledge him as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World," Stott alerts a church that is in transition to the marks of a church that is living.The Living Churchis the full articulation of Stott's dream for the body of Christ in the world today. To the people of God who inherit the global church he has helped to build for the past sixty years, he bequeaths this calling:There is such a thing as goodness: pursue it. The postmodern mood is unfriendly to all universal absolutes. Yet the apostle says there is such a thing as truth: fight for it. And there is such a thing as life: lay hold of it. May God enable us to make an unabashed commitment . . . to what is true, what is good, and what is real.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 263793
  • Product Code 0830834869
  • EAN 9780830834860
  • Pages 180
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Nov 2007
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.369kg

John Stott

The late Rev Dr. John Stott is known worldwide as a Bible teacher, writer, pastor and mission-leader. During a ministry that extended to seven decades, he authored many books including the best-selling Basic Christianity, Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ ; he was also the editor, (and author of several volumes) of the Bible Speaks Today. In more recent years he was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London; President of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity; and Founder-President of the Langham Partnership International. He was awarded the CBE in the Queens 2006 New Year Honours. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."
Koorong - Editorial Review.

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  • Preface: "emerging Churches"
  • The Postmodern World
  • Acknowledgments And Abbreviations
  • 1 Essentials: God’s Vision For His Church
  • A Learning Church
  • A Caring Church
  • A Worshiping Church
  • An Evangelizing Church
  • 2 Worship: Glorying In God’s Holy Name
  • Biblical Worship
  • Congregational Worship
  • Spiritual Worship
  • Moral Worship
  • 3 Evangelism: Mission Through The Local Church
  • Forms Of Evangelism
  • The Church Must Understand Itself: Its Theology
  • The Church Must Organize Itself: Its Structures
  • The Church Must Express Itself: Its Message
  • The Church Must Be Itself: Its Life
  • 4 Ministry: The Twelve And The Seven
  • An Every-member Ministry
  • The Pastoral Ministry
  • The Example Of The Apostle (the Shepherd)
  • The Invasion Of False Teachers (the Wolves)
  • The Value Of The People (the Sheep)
  • 5 Fellowship: The Implications Of Koinonia
  • Our Common Inheritance
  • Our Common Service
  • Our Mutual Responsibility
  • Some Practical Illustrations
  • 6 Preaching: Five Paradoxes
  • Biblical And Contemporary
  • Authoritative And Tentative
  • Prophetic And Pastoral
  • Gifted And Studied
  • Thoughtful And Passionate
  • 7 Giving: Ten Principles
  • Springing From The Trinity
  • Creating Equality According To Our Means
  • Careful Supervision And Friendly Rivalry
  • A Harvest With Symbolic Significance
  • The Result: <em>thanksgiving To God</em>
  • 8 Impact: Salt And Light
  • The Truths Of Salt And Light
  • Weapons For Social Change
  • Christian Distinctives
  • Conclusion: Looking For Timothys In The Twenty-first Century
  • A Threefold Appeal
  • Where Are The Timothys?
  • Three Historical Appendixes
  • Related In Different Ways To The Living Church
  • Historical Appendix 1: Why I Am Still A Member Of The Church Of England
  • Historical Appendix 2: I Have A Dream Of A Living Church
  • Historical Appendix 3: Reflections Of An Octogenarian
  • Notes
  • Scripture Index

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