The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

by John Stott


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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.

Product Details

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

About the Author

John 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. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." His many books, including Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ, have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages.

Table of Contents

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: Thanksgiving to God

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

What People are Saying About This

Amy Orr-Ewing

"The reader is given a vision for a church whose roots are deeply biblical and whose touch reaches a dying world."

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."

Ajith Fernando

"Inspiring and nourishing reading."

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."

Dick Lucas

"Exceptional clarity, profound concern and strong counsel."

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."

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."

Richard Bewes

"Gold on every page."

Vaughan Roberts

"Vintage Stott: faithful, rigorous biblical exposition; crystal clarity; challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom."

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