The Living Church
John Stott 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...
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John Stott 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.
An in-depth look at Stott's ecclesiology
^One answer to the question, "What is church?"
^Helpful for pastors and students who intend to become pastors
"While many high-profile churches come and go, All Souls, Langham Place, in the heart of London has maintained its spiritual vitality and mission commitment over many decades. Its effectiveness has depended not on a formula for success but on an unswerving commitment to fundamental biblical principles. The Living Church establishes the foundations for a biblically balanced approach to ministry that is comprehensive in its scope and expressed with John Stott's characteristic clarity. It provides a valuable resource for church leaders seeking to revitalize existing churches and for those birthing new faith communities.
Eddie Gibbs, senior professor, Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, Fuller Seminary
^^I have relied on John Stott's books for decades as both guides to practice and nourishment to belief. Our church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, has attempted to incarnate all that I, and a generation or more of Christians, have learned from him. This new book promises to be just as helpful in navigating modern controversies and issues.
Dr. Timothy Keller, senior pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, includingWhy I Am a ChristianandThe Cross of Christ,have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored byTimemagazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."
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
. . . a biblical church
. . . a worshiping church
. . . a caring church
. . . a serving church
. . . an expectant church
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," 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.
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.
- 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
- Scripture Index