What exactly is a living church?
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 ‘authentic’ or ‘living’ church. The marks, being clearly biblical, are timeless and need to be preserved.
We are encouraged to become learning, caring, worshipping and evangelizing churches.
John Stott unpacks the Bible’s wisdom with a teacher’s skill and applies it with a pastor’s heart. Becoming a living church is not an impossible goal.
‘Vintage Stott: faithful, rigorous biblical exposition; crystal clarity; challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom.’ Vaughan Roberts
‘The reader is given a vision for a church whose roots are deeply biblical and whose touch reaches a dying world.’ Amy Orr-Ewing
‘Inspiring and nourishing reading.’ Ajith Fernando
‘A gem of a book, which every committed Christian needs to read. Here is the heartbeat of a godly minister of the gospel.’ David Jackman
‘This book will be an enormous help and encouragement to all who read it and in particular to the new generation of preachers and Bible teachers.’
International Bible teacher, writer, pastor and mission-leader, John Stott CBE, is the author of many books, including the best-selling Basic Christianity. He is Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London and Founder-President of the Langham Partnership International.