The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

by John 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.See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Mark Driscoll
"Young pastors with a love for Jesus' church will be blessed by this timely gift from one of the most important evangelical voices."
Dr. Timothy Keller
"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."
Eddie Gibbs
"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."
David Jackman
"A gem of a book, which every committed Christian needs to read. Here is the heartbeat of a godly minister of the gospel."
Ajith Fernando
"Inspiring and nourishing reading."
Dick Lucas
"Exceptional clarity, profound concern and strong counsel."
Amy Orr-Ewing
"The reader is given a vision for a church whose roots are deeply biblical and whose touch reaches a dying world."
Vaughan Roberts
"Vintage Stott: faithful, rigorous biblical exposition; crystal clarity; challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom."
Richard Bewes
"Gold on every page."
Ken Camp
"While Stott offers a special word to young ministers, his message is applicable to both clergy and laity of all ages."
John Nyquist
"It is biblical. It is encouraging, and it is instructive. His insights are to be found on every page. He writes with conviction and candor, without rancor or provocation. And as a man in his late 80s, he demonstrates a joyful wisdom too rarely observed in aging pastors and scholars."
David Virtue
As the subtitle claims, these are the "convictions of a "lifelong pastor." Turning 87 in April, Stott, an inveterate list-maker, has had plenty of time to develop his convictions."
Susan Olasky
"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."
Nick Norelli
"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."
Publishers Weekly

Stott (rector emeritus of All Souls Church in London and prolific author) draws on over 60 years in pastoral ministry to outline the "essential marks of a living church." Named one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2005, Stott is noted for his efforts in worldwide evangelism as well as his firm insistence on remaining an evangelical within the Church of England. Here he explores biblical approaches to worship, evangelism, ministry, fellowship, preaching and giving that lead to a healthy church, whether "traditional" or "emerging." Stott applies New Testament accounts of the early church and the teachings of Paul to the contemporary context without compromising his evangelical vision. Urging Christians to have more impact on the surrounding culture, he concludes: "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." This short, well-organized book-when Stott says there are five paradoxes to preaching or 10 principles of giving, he promptly follows through-is perhaps most useful for those clergy and laity who are directly involved in ministry. (Dec.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830838059
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
05/27/2011
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
1,453,599
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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