Thursday, July 28, 2011

Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116)


John Stott
April 27, 1921 - July 27, 2011

John Stott was a great pastor, author, & teacher. I've loved every single one of his books I've had the joy of opening. He went to see his Savior yesterday, at the age of 90.

If you've not read a book by Stott, do yourself a favor & pick one up. I'd recommend Basic Christianity as a great gateway into Stott, but click here for a complete bibliography if you wanted to go deeper.

Some John Stott Quotes:

As a typical adolescent, I was aware of two things about myself, though doubtless I could not have articulated them in these terms then. First, if there was a God, I was estranged from him. I tried to find him, but he seemed to be enveloped in a fog I could not penetrate. Secondly, I was defeated. I knew the kind of person I was, and also the kind of person I longed to be. Between the ideal and the reality there was a great gulf fixed. I had high ideals but a weak will. . . . [W]hat brought me to Christ was this sense of defeat and of estrangement, and the astonishing news that the historic Christ offered to meet the very needs of which I was conscious.

The Christian life is not just our own private affair. If we have been born again into God's family, not only has he become our Father but every other Christian believer in the world, whatever his nation or denomination, has become our brother or sister in Christ. … But it is no good supposing that membership of the universal Church of Christ is enough; we must belong to some local branch of it. … Every Christian's place is in a local church. … sharing in its worship, its fellowship, and its witness.
Basic Christianity

If you find it hard to believe in God, I strongly advise you to begin your search not with philosophical questions about the existence and being of God, but with Jesus of Nazareth. … If you read again the story of Jesus, and read it as an honest and humble seeker, Jesus Christ is able to reveal himself to you, and thus make God. … real to you.
I Believe in God

The modern world detests authority but worships relevance. … Our Christian conviction is that the Bible has both authority and relevance. … and that the secret of both is Jesus Christ.
Culture and the Bible

The Gospel is good news of mercy to the undeserving. The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.
Christian Mission in the Modern World

Social responsibility becomes an aspect not of Christian mission only, but also of Christian conversion. It is impossible to be truly converted to God without being thereby converted to our neighbor.
Christian Mission in the Modern World

Sin and the child of God are incompatible. They may occasionally meet; they cannot live together in harmony.
The Letters of John

God's Word is designed to make us Christians, not scientists, and to lead us to eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. It was not God's intention to reveal in Scripture what human beings could discover by their own investigations and experiments.
Christian Basics

God is a peacemaker. Jesus Christ is a peacemaker. So, if we want to be God's children and Christ's disciples, we must be peacemakers too.
Decisive Issues Facing Christians Today

The incentive to peacemaking is love, but it degenerates into appeasement whenever justice is ignored. To forgive and to ask for forgiveness are both costly exercises. All authentic Christian peacemaking exhibits the love and justice—and so the pain—of the cross.
The Cross of Christ

It is never enough to have pity on the victims of injustice if we do nothing to change the unjust situation itself.
The Cross of Christ


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