The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor
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Stott, John R. W.

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Listen to a sermon by John Stott entitled Great Commission. (Sermon Index)


Publisher's Description

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.

About the Author

The Reverend Dr. John Stott was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place in London, England, and had a worldwide ministry as a Bible expositor, speaker, and writer.

Book Details

180 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: May 2011
ISBN 10: 830838058
ISBN 13: 9780830838059

"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

"Young pastors with a love for Jesus' church will be blessed by this timely gift from one of the most important evangelical voices."
—Mark Driscoll, pastor, Mars Hill Church, and president, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

"Gold on every page."
—Richard Bewes, rector emeritus, All Souls Church

"Vintage Stott: faithful, rigorous biblical exposition; crystal clarity; challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom."
—Vaughan Roberts, author, God's Big Picture

"Exceptional clarity, profound concern and strong counsel."
—Dick Lucas, rector emeritus, St Helen's Bishopsgate, London

"Inspiring and nourishing reading."
—Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth For Christ in Sri Lanka

"A gem of a book, which every committed Christian needs to read. Here is the heartbeat of a godly minister of the gospel."
—David Jackman, president, Proclamation Trust

"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

"This short, well-organized book is perhaps most useful for those clergy and laity who are directly involved in ministry.
Publishers Weekly, 9/24/2007

"I'd like to be able to say that this is a book for pastors, but it's just as much for the flock as it is for their shepard. Stott takes his decades of experience in pastoral ministry and missions and whittles it down into basically an annotated outline of what the Church as a whole should look like. . . .a Survival guide of sorts, teachign what is vital to the life of the church.
—Nick Norelli, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, February 26, 2008

"Stott has earned a close reading through his more than 50 years of faithful service to the church. He understands the dangers facing the church and the urgent need for "God's new community" to be biblically strong and outward looking. He seeks a biblical middle ground between emergent churches and those traditional ones that have become complacent.
—Susan Olasky, WORLD, May 3/10 2008

"The reader is given a vision for a church whose roots are deeply biblical and whose touch reaches a dying world."
—Amy Orr-Ewing, Zacharias Trust