The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor.


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What exactly is a living church? 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. CONTENTS 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 -Publisher.

Title: The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor.

Author: STOTT, JOHN R W.

Categories: Other,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: Nottingham UK:, Inter-varsity Press,: 2010.

ISBN Number: 1844741834

ISBN Number 13: 9781844741830

Binding: Softbound

Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 129165