The Living Church Paperback
Convictions Of A Lifelong Pastor
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The Living Church
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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.
The Living Church by John Stott was published by Intervarsity Press in May 2007 and is our 16461st best seller. The ISBN for The Living Church is 9781844741830.
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The Living ChurchTim Leffler, via The Good Book Stall
Not another book on “How to do church” I hear you ask? Following the plethora of recent titles from The McDonaldization of Church (2000) to the very popular Mission Shaped Church (2004) plus its many, and worthy, follow-on clones:Mission Shaped…John Stott’s new book, The Living Church, is a book that is definitely a “must read” for anyone with a heart for seeing our churches thrive and grow in today’s challenging spiritual climate. Passionate pastor and preacher; internationally renowned theologian and teacher; and one of the church’s senior elder statesmen, Stott continues to strive to guide evangelicalism in a direction that he believes is both God-led and biblically based. This book is packed with nuggets of wisdom garnered from his years of experience and is as pertinent to the established denominations as well as the upwardly mobile ‘Emerging Churches’. Once you’ve read this book I’d near guarantee you’ll either lend it to your minister/ pastor or like-minded friends or you’ll keep yours for re-reading and buy a copy to give away.
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"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."
"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
"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
Details for The Living Church
|Page last updated||7th December 2016|
|Author / Artist||John Stott|
|Publisher||Intervarsity Press (May 2007)|
|Number of Pages||192|