The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor  -     By: John Stott
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Inter-Varsity Press / 2011 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830838058
ISBN-13: 9780830838059
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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.

Author Bio

John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been 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 have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Stotts best-known work, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include and a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in series of New Testament expositions. 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 by magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queens New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

Endorsements

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

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

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

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

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

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.
-David Virtue, VirtueOnline - As Eye See It, May 2, 2008

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.
-John Nyquist, Missiology, February 2009

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  1. Cape Cod, MA
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    I highly recommend this book
    April 26, 2012
    Adam Miller
    Cape Cod, MA
    There are plenty of books being written today about what makes a healthy church. The problem with most of these books is that they don't say anything new, they are usually unbalanced, and they have very little lasting value. John Stott's The Living Church is the complete exception.

    The Living Church - Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor is by far the most profound book I have ever read on the health and welfare of the church. It is without a doubt of the purest form of expositional literature ever written - coming from an aged pastor with genuine wisdom and discernment. Though John Stott passed away in July of last year this republishing of The Living Church is more relevant today than ever before. As one of Time Magazines "100 Most Influential People in the World" of 2005, the Reverend John Stott's works will continue to have a lasting impact on the world and the church which so desperately need this message.

    As a prominent pastor in the church of England, John Stott was not subjugated to the many trappings we have in American denominationalism. He writes from what he observes from Scripture, not for what is popular to society and cultural norms. He has the innate insight to look deeper into the hearts of men to reveal the true nature of our foundational prejudices.

    John Stott scolds and admonishes the believer as only a life long pastor - close to the heart of God, weathered by tribulation, and firmly planted on Scripture - can truly do. Each page of The Living Church provides a spiritual stimulation that offers both hope and conviction. Stott shows the sort of discernment that is rare in our day. Though he was 90 years old when he died, he did not possess an attitude that young people are nothing but trouble and have bring little to the table. Instead he showed complete wisdom as he listened to contemporary concerns and analyzed the age old situations. He offers credence to both sides of many arguments with the sort of balance that can only be achieved in the pursuit of God and truth, not arrogance and pride.

    Each chapter of the book breaks down a theological framework into biblical conviction. Building a solid foundation for the importance of the local church, Stott is able to show how the proper understanding of the Body of Christ should have a lasting impact on the life of Christians and the culture we all live in. The Living Church deals with everything from evangelism, ministry, preaching, fellowship, giving, and politics. Every Christian would benefit from reading this book to better understand the impact the church should be having on their lives and community.

    There seem to be enough books already written about the theology, polity, and welfare of the church. While everyone has a different opinion about these things, The Living Church speaks with authority and conviction. I highly recommend this book, and in fact, I am going to add it to my ‘Must Read' list. Every Christian, as a member of the Body of Christ, ought to read The Living Church by John Stott.

    Check out my book reviews every Wednesday at worthyofthegospel.com
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