The Living Church

The Living Church

The Convictions Of A Lifelong Pastor

John Stott
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Be encouraged to become learning, caring, worshipping and evangelizing churches

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The church lies at the very centre of the eternal purposes of God. But what exactly does a living church look like?

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 called 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. We can all play a part in becoming a living church.

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  • Preface: ‘Emerging churches’
    The postmodern world

  • 1. Essentials: God’s vision for his church
    A learning church
    A caring church
    A worshipping 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 appendices
    An autobiographical sketch
    I. Why I am still a member of the Church of England
    II. I have a dream of a living church
    III. Reflections of an octogenarian

  • Notes


Contributors John Stott
ISBN 9781789742909
Format Paperback
First published April 2021
Dimensions 139mm x 215mm x 14mm
Weight 0.25 kg
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher IVP

Timothy Keller

The late Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and Chairman of Redeemer City to City.

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.

David Jackman

Past President, the Proclamation Trust

A gem of a book, which every committed Christian needs to read. Here is the heartbeat of a godly minister of the gospel.

Ajith Fernando

Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka; author, Discipling in a Multicultural World

Inspiring and nourishing reading.

Customer reviews

Jun 28, 2022

“A gem”

This is one of Dr Stott's best books. He is a very clear and concise writer with a capacious mind. He is a trusted and loved guide for me, although I personally do not adhere to the 'evangelical' label as popularly understood.

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