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Overview

John Stott stands as one of the most notable Christian preachers, writers, and apologists of the 20th century. His ability to communicate timeless Christian truths clearly makes his teaching accessible to all audiences. This collection brings together insightful bible studies and explores essential questions about Christianity. How do we carry out the Great Commission in a broken world? How do we lead in the midst of discouragement and failure? What does it look like to faithfully follow Jesus? And, how practical is the Bible for my life today?

In the Logos edition, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Includes numerous volumes of commentary and Bible study from John Stott
  • Presents perspectives from John Stott on primary aspects of Christian life, such as leadership and ministry
  • Lays out clear introductions to Jesus Christ and Christianity

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1 & 2 Thessalonians: Living in the End Times

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Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. For centuries Christians have proclaimed these central truths. The gospel that began in space and time will ultimately be fulfilled at Christ’s return. And as we wait and long for Christ’s return, this gospel gives us encouragement and a reason for hope. These studies in Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians open our minds to the truth, lift our hearts to hope and cause us to worship our faithful, victorious God.

1 Timothy & Titus: Fighting the Good Fight

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We live in a culture where the beliefs and preferences of the individual are given final authority. Paul’s firm commitment to the church as “the pillar and foundation of the truth” stands against the current. His letters to Timothy and Titus call us to reestablish the core beliefs of Christianity and affirm our convictions about the gospel. Paul’s priority in these letters is to make sure that the truth of the gospel is faithfully guarded and delivered to the next generation. Through these studies, we will be challenged to carry on the battle, armed with the truth of the gospel.

2 Timothy: Standing Firm in Truth

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“Our era is one of theological and moral confusion, even of apostasy. And the apostle summons us, as he summoned Timothy, to be strong, brave and steadfast.” In this way John Stott summarizes the message of Paul’s second letter to Timothy, a letter about leadership and responsibility. The inductive studies in this guide speak to all who would stand for Christ in a world of slippery, relative truth. Our call is to bring the only real, solid Word of grace and truth to a world without hope.

A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount: Twelve Sessions for Groups and Individuals

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A deep look at Scripture—God’s very words—is never wasted. In fact, not only is it never wasted; it’s richly rewarded. The more deeply we dive into the riches of the Bible, the more deeply we can experience and serve God, the giver of all truth, wisdom, love and understanding.

Drawn from John Stott’s Sermon on the Mount LifeGuide Bible Study and his The Message of the Sermon on the Mount commentary, A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount will help you discover

  • how powerful meekness is
  • how you can influence the desolate places of society (hint: it has to do with character)
  • how to experience God’s law as delightful
  • how to treat your enemies

and much more.

“But I Say to You”: Christ the Controversialist

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 224

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Jesus Christ has a way of cutting right across our logic and opinions, just as he did while on earth. Who God is, the authority of Scripture, the way of salvation, morality, and worship are just some of the areas where he turns things on their heads. Are you willing to follow this controversialist Christ?

Every thoughtful Christian ought to read this classic exposition of evangelical essentials. Though written more than forty years ago, its central message stands and is needed today more than ever. John Stott expounds persuasively, generously, lucidly, and with penetrating insight, what it means to be faithful to Jesus Christ. This is a brilliant book.

Christopher Ash, director, Cornhill Training Course

I vividly recall reading this book in its earliest version forty years ago, and it contained the stand-out set of arguments that persuaded me to commit my life to Christ later that year. Thank you, John, for all that has meant to me since.

—Andrew Fergusson, author and former Head of Communications, Christian Medical Fellowship

This is vintage Stott—clear, biblical, passionate, thoughtful and Christ-centred. A magisterial defence of biblical historic evangelical Christianity. By brilliant analysis of the debates of Jesus with the Pharisees and Sadducees of his day, he highlights modern versions of the same distortions. Profound, lucid and compelling, this book is as relevant to current debates as when it was first published.

—John Wyatt, professor of neonatal paediatrics, University College London

Acts: Seeing the Spirit at Work

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The Spirit moved in dramatic ways in the early church. The gospel was preached, thousands were added to their number, many were healed, and the good news about Jesus was spread across continents. Covering the exciting action of the Spirit in the years just following Jesus’ life on earth, this study will open your eyes to the Spirit’s power in the past and present and help you apply the riches of Scripture to your own life.

Balanced Christianity

  • Author: John Stott
  • Edition: Expanded
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 96

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Christians tend to polarize. Some have an intellectual faith, while others are more emotional. Some focus on structure while others focus on freedom. And some champion evangelism while others advocate for social action. John Stott’s classic statement of balanced Christianity shows how we can hold these tensions together in biblical, faithful ways.

Also included is an interview with John Stott with further reflections on the need for balance in contemporary evangelical Christianity.

I read this book standing in a bookstore as a college student. When done I bought it, took it home, read it two more times over the course of the year, and then somehow I lost it—no doubt because I loaned it to a friend. In this book John Stott first opened my mind to the delightful joy of truths we cannot always resolve but to which we can commit ourselves in tension. Stott writes here of balance, and as a person he exhibited it. In your hands is one of the great tracts of twentieth-century evangelicalism. Savor it.

—Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary

Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 154

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“The Christian life is life in the Spirit,” writes John Stott. “It would be impossible to be a Christian, let alone to live and grow as a Christian, without the ministry of the gracious Spirit of God. All we have and are as Christians we owe to him.”

The Holy Spirit continues to be at work around the world, as evidenced by numerous renewal movements. Yet much confusion and controversy remain regarding the Holy Spirit’s activity. In this classic study, John Stott provides clear biblical exposition on the promise, the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He offers particular guidance on the nature of “the baptism of the Spirit” and whether certain spiritual gifts and experiences should be normative for all Christians. Always irenic and gracious, Stott points the way to both greater biblical understanding and deeper fullness of spiritual life.

Basic Christianity

  • Author: John Stott
  • Series: IVP Classics
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 192

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“Jesus certainly existed. His existence as an historical figure is vouched for by pagan as well as Christian writers,” says John Stott. Who was Jesus? Why was he crucified? Did he really rise from the dead? We need answers to these key questions in order to understand the basics of Christianity. The author offers a clear and full explanation, showing what it means to be a Christian today.

For fifty years Basic Christianity has exposed the backbone of the Christian faith. Its uncompromising clarity, intelligent logic and easy application make this one of the most enduring of Christian classics. In a time of ambiguity and confusion I can think of no other book I would rather recommend. Every evangelist should consider Basic Christianity a masterclass in communicating the gospel. This book is a must-read for those who are seeking God, those wishing to refresh their own faith, or those who hope to lead others into the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

—William Van Der Hart, evangelist and pastor

Lucid, clear and compelling. After Mere Christianity, perhaps no other book has helped more people come to faith. I’m thrilled that this classic has been appropriately shaped and refreshed for a modern audience without losing any of its timeless charm and persuasive brilliance. Having led and organized university missions for over twenty-five years I was sobered to be reminded of what a debt we all owe to this book and its author. ‘Christ is Christianity’ and no other book exemplifies a Christ-centered apologetic more simply and clearly.

—Richard Cunningham, director, UCCF: The Christian Unions

This was the classic forerunner of strong, balanced evangelistic books, and I am delighted it is being republished fifty years later. It led many to faith then, and it will again.

—Michael Green, theologian, Anglican priest, and apologist

John Stott’s books have helped millions around the world to a better understanding of the Christian faith. I, for one, am extremely grateful for the way in which he explains complex and difficult issues with great clarity, insight and wisdom. Basic Christianity has become a classic of our time.

—Nicky Gumbel, vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton

Becoming a Christian

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 32

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Stott describes conversion in this updated booklet. He describes the fundamental human problem. Next, Stott outlines the Christian answer to it and shows readers how to respond to God’s truth. This useful volume provides a helpful overview for evangelism or for personal devotion.

Calling Christian Leaders: Rediscovering Radical Servant Ministry

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 160

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John Stott found on his many travels that contemporary models of Christian leadership were often shaped more by culture than by Christ. In stark contrast, he urges that our view be determined by our view of the church, not the other way round. Focusing on 1 Corinthians 1–4, he demonstrates the centrality of the theme of “power through weakness.” He explains the role of the Holy Spirit in God’s revelation, and examines four of Paul’s most striking models of ministry, each of which is an aspect of humility. Over against seductive styles of leadership being advocated by the wisdom of the world, he urges Christian leaders to be characterized above all else by “the meekness and gentleness of Christ.”

Pearls are to be found on every page.

—Mark Meynell, senior associate minister, All Souls Langham Place

Christian Leadership: 9 Studies for Individuals or Groups: With Notes for Leaders

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The most influential leader in the early church was undoubtedly the apostle Paul. He never lost the vision of God’s single new humanity—Jews and Gentiles together. And in his letters we watch him exercising his leadership skills among the early Christians.

This study guide by John Stott is based on his book Basic Christian Leadership and covers the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians, in which Paul responds to a complex church situation and to questions the Corinthians have addressed to him. He does so with clarity, wisdom, humility, love and gentleness—qualities that we can learn from as leaders today.

Christian Mission in the Modern World

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Jesus sends us into the world just as the Father sent him. And yet thousands of years later Christians continue to disagree on what this involves. Some believe that the focus of Christian mission is evangelizing and “saving souls.” Others emphasize global justice issues or relief and development work. Is either view correct on its own?

John Stott’s classic book presents an enduring and holistic view of Christian mission that is just as needed today. Newly updated and expanded by Christopher J.H. Wright, Christian Mission in the Modern World provides a biblically based approach to mission that addresses both spiritual and physical needs.

With his trademark and unparalleled clarity and conviction, Stott illuminates how the Great Commission itself not only assumes the proclamation that makes disciples, but also teaches obedience to the Great Commandment of love and service. Wright has expertly updated the original book and demonstrates the continuing relevance of Stott’s prescient thinking. This balanced approach to mission offers timeless guidance for current and future Christians to embrace Jesus’ unconflicted and holistic model of ministry.

John Stott’s Christian Mission in the Modern World is a small classic and remains surprisingly relevant for today. And no one is more qualified than Chris Wright to bring the discussion up-to-date—to expand, reframe and even sometimes disagree with Stott’s work on certain issues within the evangelical and biblical commitment shared by both. This will prove to be an excellent basic introduction to mission and evangelism, along with providing a biblical understanding of salvation, dialogue and conversion for Christian mission. But it will also be a helpful guide to how evangelical thinking on mission has developed in the past four decades by two of its premier exponents.

—Michael W. Goheen, author of Introducing Christian Mission Today and A Light to the Nations

Christopher J.H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships, and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written many books including commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel, The Mission of God, Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained priest in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and thirteen years as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College, an international training center for cross-cultural mission in England. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011 and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.

Ephesians: Building a Community in Christ

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We long to belong. We crave unity. We want to be loved and accepted by others. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is about uniting all things in Christ. Here we learn how to break down what separates us from God, one ethnic group from another, husband from wife, parent from child, employer from employee. These studies provide a vision of the new society God has planned in his church.

Galatians: Experiencing the Grace of Christ

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In Christ we have salvation as a gift of grace. But what is our responsibility? Maybe you’re confused about the various requirements different Christians say accompany being a follower of Christ. Galatians raises questions of law: What rules should a Christian follow? Are we exempt through Christ? These studies from Galatians help us understand what God—not others—requires of his followers and how we can live out our faith in both obedience and freedom.

Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant & Savior

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Why is it that some Christians cross land and sea, continents and cultures? Not to commend a civilization, an institution or an ideology, but rather to offer the unique person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is at the center of our conversion.

This study guide is designed to help you explore the Christ of the New Testament. You will discover him as the proper object of worship, witness and hope. He is the incomparable Christ.

Problems of Christian Leadership

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 90

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Christian leaders face challenges. But God works with us and through us to accomplish his purposes. Available here for the first time in English is John Stott’s practical wisdom for younger leaders. Speaking personally from his own experience, Stott addresses issues of discouragement, self-discipline, relationships and youth.

Also included are reflections on John Stott’s ministry from two of his former study assistants, Mark Labberton and Corey Widmer, plus excerpts of Stott’s writing about ministry, leadership and service.

The tone throughout Problems of Christian Leadership is tender and warm; Stott comes across as a kind, older uncle whose simple, practical wisdom conceals a depth and durability that could be overlooked by the casual reader. I would recommend this book warmly as a resource for any who are involved in mentoring or encouraging emerging leaders. I also see much in Stott’s advice that is directly applicable to the contemporary realities facing Canadian Mennonite Brethren.

—Gil Dueck, Mennonite Brethren Herald, February 2014

Concise, clear, and at times pungent, this little work bears all the hallmarks of the careful Bible exposition for which Stott was so well-known. Problems of Christian Leadership will be helpful as an encouraging refresher or as a helpful primer for those who are called to serve as leaders in ministry settings.

—James M. Garretson, Banner of Truth, August-September 2014

Reading Ephesians with John Stott: 11 Weeks for Individuals or Groups

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Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus is a concise yet comprehensive summary of the good news and its implications. The entire letter is a magnificent combination of Christian doctrine and Christian duty—faith and life—written that we might recognize the hope to which we are called.

In this volume, John Stott’s teachings from The Message of Ephesians are offered as brief devotional readings suitable for daily use. Designed as a church resource for small groups, this book includes eleven weekly studies that take you passage-by-passage through Ephesians, allowing readers to enjoy the riches of Stott’s writings in a new, easy-to-use format.

Reading Galatians with John Stott: 9 Weeks for Individuals or Groups

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False teachers had infiltrated the churches in Galatia, attacking Paul’s authority as well as the gospel he preached. So Paul’s letter to the Galatians is not only a defense of his authority as an apostle, but also a celebration of the remarkable grace offered through Jesus Christ.

John Stott’s teachings from The Message of Galatians are offered here as brief devotional readings suitable for daily use. Designed as a church resource for small groups, this book includes nine weekly studies that take us passage-by-passage through Galatians, allowing readers to enjoy the riches of Stott’s writings in a new, easy-to-use format.

A pastor once said he would crawl five hundred miles to hear John Stott preach, and this book shows you why. John Stott explains the Scriptures with a brilliant mind, a pastor’s heart, and a soul gripped by the beauty, glory and love of Jesus.

—Greg Jao, vice president and director of campus engagement, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Reading Romans with John Stott: With Questions for Groups or Individuals, Volume 1 & 2

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Paul’s letter to the Romans has for two thousand years been a touchstone for all who want to understand the power of the gospel and the righteousness of God revealed from heaven. The truth in Romans transforms our thinking and convicts our hearts as we discover the power of the gospel for every area of our life and our world.

In this volume, the first half of John Stott’s The Message of Romans is offered in brief readings suitable for daily use which take us passage-by-passage through the Scripture text. Including ten weekly studies for individuals or groups, this book covering Romans 1-8 allows readers to enjoy the riches of Stott's writings in a new, easy-to-use format. The remainder of Romans is presented in the companion to this volume.

Not many Bible commentaries are able both to withstand the academy’s expectations and to slake the laity’s thirst; Stott’s insightful volumes are a rare exception. And with the devotional abridgment of Reading Romans with John Stott, even more thirsty souls will find trustworthy, rigorous refreshment through careful study of God's word. Ordinary Christians who want to understand the main points of Romans will be well served by this book.

—Peter Krol, Bible Study Magazine, January/February 2017

Reading the Sermon on the Mount with John Stott: With Questions for Groups or Individuals

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The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ most inspiring and challenging description of the Christian counterculture. John Stott’s teaching on this timeless text shows how its value system, ethical standard, religious devotion and network of relationships clearly distinguish it from both the nominal church and the secular world.

In this volume Stott’s The Message of the Sermon on the Mount is offered in brief readings suitable for daily use which take us passage-by-passage through the Scripture text. Including eight weekly studies for individuals or groups, this book covering Matthew 5-7 allows readers to enjoy the riches of Stott’s writings in a new, easy-to-use format.

Reading Timothy and Titus with John Stott: 13 Weeks for Individuals or Groups

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We live in a land where truth is subjective, individualized, and culturally conditioned. That same troubling thinking had invaded the churches led by Timothy and Titus, so Paul’s pastoral letters to them focus on the objective and universal truth revealed in Jesus.

John Stott’s teachings from The Message of 1 Timothy and Titus and The Message of 2 Timothy are offered here as brief devotional readings suitable for daily use. Designed as a church resource for small groups, this book includes thirteen weekly studies that take you passage-by-passage through the pastoral letters, allowing readers to enjoy the riches of Stott’s writings in a new, easy-to-use format.

Revelation: The Triumph of Christ

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Readers’ reactions to the book of Revelation are remarkably varied. Some Christians are obsessed with it, viewing it as a kind of secret history of the world, especially of contemporary events and people, and seeking the key to decipher it. Other Christians go to the opposite extreme of neglect. They know that the book contains much bizarre imagery, and are mystified and even intimidated by the unfamiliar. So they ignore the book or try to read it and give up in despair.

The truth is that with a bit of help and sound interpretation Revelation is a part of God’s holy Word with much to offer in nurture of our spiritual lives. Here is an opportunity to discover Revelation.

Romans: Encountering the Gospel’s Power

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The gospel has power. The power to save us. The power to change the world. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he explains to us the power we’ve been given to be effective witnesses, to overcome sin, to be wholly committed to God, to handle differences in Christ’s body, to understand God’s view of homosexuality and to be responsible Christian citizens. The truth in Romans will transform your thinking and convict your heart as you discover the power of the gospel for every area of your life and our world.

Sermon on the Mount: 12 Studies for Individuals or Groups: With Notes for Leaders

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What does it mean to “seek first the kingdom of God” in our relationships, values, ambitions, finances and commitments? Jesus’ answer to these questions amazed those who first heard the Sermon on the Mount. In this study guide, you'll dig deep into his startling and challenging message—the greatest sermon ever preached.

This LifeGuide Bible Study features questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection. Leader’s notes are included with information on study preparation, leading the study and small group components as well as helps for specific Bible passages covered in the study. Presented in a convenient workbook format and featuring the inductive Bible study approach, LifeGuides are thoroughly field-tested prior to publication; they’re proven and popular guides for digging into Scripture on your own or with a small group.

The Authority of the Bible

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1974
  • Pages: 41

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In The Authority of the Bible, John R.W. Stott explains why the Old and New Testaments still form the authoritative basis for Christian faith and practice.

The Beatitudes: Developing Spiritual Character

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The beatitudes reveal to us eight qualities that bring God’s blessing: meekness and mercy, poorness in spirit and purity of heart, mourning and hunger, peacemaking and persecution. Jesus highlighted these to offer both encouragement and instruction on living distinctly as his followers in a world with values much different from God’s. As we study these qualities and integrate them into our lives, we will receive the blessing Jesus promised to his followers then and now.

The Cross: 13 Studies for Individuals or Groups: With Notes for Leaders

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Christian faith is centered in the cross. And the Christian life is likewise rooted in the cross. The studies in this guide, written by John Stott and based on his book The Cross of Christ, are designed to bring us to the heart of the cross with an understanding of what was accomplished there on our behalf.

We begin with an individual perspective but move on from there into a deeper understanding of what it means to live as a community under the cross. Our worship, our call to mission, our ability to love our enemies and to face the perplexities of suffering—the cross transforms everything! These studies provide the ever-increasing understanding of the cross needed by every believer.

The Incomparable Christ

  • Author: John Stott
  • Edition: First
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 264

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“Regardless of what anyone may personally think of him or believe about him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of western culture for almost twenty centuries.” —Jaroslav Pelikan

Jesus Christ has been the center of history for 2,000 years, and his birth the pivot of our calendar. He is the focus of Scripture: as Luther declared, the entire Scripture deals only with Christ everywhere. He is the heart of mission, the message that countless Christians cross land and sea, continents and cultures, to deliver. In masterly surveys, John Stott looks at the New Testament witness, at the way the church has portrayed Christ down the centuries, at the influence Christ has had on individuals over the last 2,000 years. Finally, turning to the book of Revelation, he asks what Jesus Christ should mean to us today.

Here is the fruit of a lifetime of biblical study, rigorous Christian thought, and devotion to the person of Christ.

This is a book to treasure, to stretch our minds and to be a helpful resource in years to come. Above all else, it lifts up Jesus Christ, just as John Stott has done in his lifetime of ministry.

—Martin Turner, Methodist recorder

The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 180

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What exactly is a living church? Author John Stott explains, “We need more radically conservative churches: ‘conservative’ in the sense that they conserve what Scripture plainly requires, but radical in relation to that combination of tradition and convention that we call ‘culture.’ Scripture is unchangeable, but culture is not.”

The Living Church brings together a number of characteristics of what the author calls “authentic” or “living” church. The marks, being clearly biblical, are timeless and need to be preserved. We are encouraged to become learning churches, caring churches, worshipping churches, and evangelising churches. John Stott unpacks the Bible’s wisdom rigorously with a teacher’s skill and applies it faithfully with a pastor’s heart. Becoming a living church is not an impossible goal.

I really enjoyed reading it. It was vintage Stott—with all his familiar qualities: faithful, rigorous biblical exposition; crystal clarity; challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom—not least in holding to the balances of scripture without blunting its edges. I am delighted he took the church as his theme. There are very few accessible introductory books on the subject that are thoroughly biblical and evangelical. I would happily give this book to anyone at St. Ebbe’s. Its simplicity makes it accessible to young Christians, but there is also much to challenge the thinking and practice of mature believers.

Vaughan Roberts, rector, St. Ebbe’s Church, Oxford

For many Christians church has become a meeting to attend rather than an essential identity. So it is great to have John Stott looking at the Christian community with his typical clarity. He makes the Scriptures speak with immediacy to our contemporary challenges. This is a timely book with so many people considering the future shape of the church, offering, as it does, biblical parameters for the discussion within a trinitarian framework.

Tim Chester, pastor, The Crowded House, Sheffield

In a time of questioning and turmoil around what a real church should look like in the 21st century The Living Church is a beautifully written, inspiring and thoughtful book. The reader is given a vision for a church whose roots are deeply biblical and whose touch reaches a dying world. As I read I laughed, cried and ended up on my knees before God. I wholeheartedly commend this book.

—Amy Orr-Ewing, director of programs, Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics

The Radical Disciple: Wholehearted Christian Living

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 144

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So many of us avoid radical discipleship by being selective, choosing rather those areas in which commitment is appealing, and steering well clear of areas where it will be costly. But because Jesus is Lord, we have no liberty to pick and choose. The author looks at eight characteristics of Christian discipleship, which are commonly neglected yet deserve to be taken seriously.

A farewell book from one of the giants of our generation.

—Amy Boucher Pye, writer and speaker

I always wanted to enter more fully into what Eugene Peterson calls ‘the unforced rhythms of grace.’ This is the book I will turn to repeatedly for help with this.

—Brian Draper, associate lecturer in culture, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

Penetrative biblical wisdom on what discipleship means in today’s world.

Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

A rare and personal glimpse of the sacrificial discipleship that has marked John Stott’s life so deeply.

—Peter Harris, founder, A Rocha

We enthusiastically recommend this unique book, filled with fascinating recollections amassed over a lifetime of wisdom, combined with insightful scholarship and a deep love for the body of Christ across the world.

—Amy and Frog Orr-Ewing, speakers and authors

Inspires us to embrace deep conversion.

—Dominic Smart, minister, Gilcomston South Church of Scotland, Aberdeen

Why I Am a Christian

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 149

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In a dark little chapel many years ago, a solitary schoolboy went in search of God and later gave his life to Christ. It turned out to be the most significant step he was ever to take. If it were not for Christ, he reflects, his would have been on the scrapheap of wasted and discarded lives. Instead, his life was used to lead countless others around the world to that same new life, and into a deeper understanding of the One who gave his life that we might live.

John Stott tells his spiritual story, and gives the reasons for his first life-changing step of faith. It was not so much that he found Christ, as that Christ, the relentless Hound of Heaven, pursued and found him. Not because the Christian faith is attractive, but because it is true. Not because he deserved to be saved, but because Christ took his sins, and ours, on himself. It is because the answer to the paradox at the heart of our humanness, because the key to true freedom and fulfilment, are to be found in Jesus Christ alone. And he who extends the greatest of all invitations to each one of us waits patiently for our response.

Why I Am a Christian is easy to read and presents the essentials of Christianity clearly. The book can be read devotionally by Christians with much profit. It can also be given as a gift to non-Christians interested in learning about Christianity

The Christian Librarian

Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life

  • Author: John Stott
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 93

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“Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service,” writes John Stott. “If we do not use the mind which God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality.”

While Christians have had a heritage of rigorous scholarship and careful thinking, some circles still view the intellect with suspicion or even as contradictory to Christian faith. Many non-Christians are quick to label Christians as anti-intellectual. In this classic introduction to Christian thinking, John Stott responds to this criticism with a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart.

About John Stott

John Stott (1921-2011) served around the world as a preacher, evangelist, and writer. He was one of the main contributors to the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and the founder of Langham Partnership, which seeks to equip a new generation of Bible teachers around the world.

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