John Stott

John Stott

1921 -

John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and teacher of Scripture. He was ordained in 1945 and for most of his years has served in various capacities at All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and even around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). Whether in the West or in the Third World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses not only the hearts but also the minds of contemporary men and women. If you would like to read more about his life, there is quite a good article from a back issue of Christianity Today available here. A bit longer biography can be read at Stott's own website - see link farther down on this page. I chose some of his more basic works here this month for people who are new Christians seeking to learn more or for people who are not Christians at all (yet). Look out, Stott just may convince you. At the very least any of these books will make you think! And they are good for older believers, too...never hurts to go over the basics again. Enjoy!

Basic Christianity is Stott's treatment of the basic tenets of the Faith. First he lays out the evidence for the claims of Christianity in a logical manner, then goes on to define the proper working out of those beliefs in a believer's daily life. Why I Am A Christian. This is Stott's new book (January 2004) and it's a good one. In it he lays out his own personal reasons for being a Christian, offering a clear and compelling account of the theological basis for his own faith. He also provides illustrations from the lives of other famous Christians with similar experiences, makes a logical examination of the claims of Jesus in Scripture and explores how the needs of human beings are fully met in Christ. A great book for Christians and one you might want to pass along to a skeptic or two!
Your Mind Matters is a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart. Check your brain at the church door? Don't even go there! The LORD God gave you a brain and you'll find He expects you to use it! The Sermon On The Mount consists of 12 lessons from the Sermon on the Mount, where Christ explained both the Old and the New Covenants in a very practical way, showing us what repentance is and the fruits of it. The greatest sermon ever preached! Good for individual or group study.
The Contemporary Christian: Applying God's Word To Today's World is a challenge to be both conservative in guarding God's revelation and standing firm on the truth, yet radical in applying it to the realities of our world today. Understanding The Bible. In this book, Stott sets the stage for understanding the Bible and its grand focal point, Jesus Christ, in its proper cultural, social, geographical and historical background. Want to know who wrote the Bible, where, when and why? Want to better understand its message? Want to know the foundation for its claim to be the Word of God? Need help on how the Bible is to be interpreted? Stott has your answers right here. An great intro to the major themes and sections of Scripture covering geography, history, theology, authority of the Bible, interpretation and more all in one volume.

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