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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: InterVarsity 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

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. Stott was honored by magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." His many books, including and have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages.

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

Editorial Reviews

"Young pastors with a love for Jesus' church will be blessed by this timely gift from one of the most important evangelical voices."
"Exceptional clarity, profound concern and strong counsel."
"The reader is given a vision for a church whose roots are deeply biblical and whose touch reaches a dying world."
"Vintage Stott: faithful, rigorous biblical exposition; crystal clarity; challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom."
"Gold on every page."
"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."
"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."
"A gem of a book, which every committed Christian needs to read. Here is the heartbeat of a godly minister of the gospel."
"Inspiring and nourishing reading."

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