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Christian Mission in the Modern World

by John Stott

Christian Mission in the Modern World
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  • Published: September 20, 2009
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-7473-6
  • Item Code: 7473

In recent years, the mission of the church has been defined in two almost exclusive ways. On the one hand are those who say the church must focus on evangelism and discipleship alone. On the other hand are those who advocate concentrating almost solely on societal reform.

In this classic book, John Stott shows that Christian mission must encompass both evangelism and social action. He begins with careful definitions of five key terms--mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation and conversion. Then, through a thorough biblical exploration of these concepts, Stott provides a model for ministry to people's spiritual and physical needs alike.

Ultimately, Stott points to the example of Jesus, who modeled both the Great Commission of proclamation and the Great Commandment of love and service. This balanced, holistic approach to mission points the way forward for the work of the church in the world.

"Read this book, first because it has been written by one of the Christian giants of recent times. Second, read it because it gives key principles on which to base our understanding of Christian mission so that we can achieve the biblical balance that we need so badly to achieve."

From the foreword by Ajith Fernando, National Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

"Stott contends that the essence of the gospel mission is the salvation of sinners, conversion, and the establishing of Christians in churches with those churches being salt and light in the cultures where they are located."

PastoralMusings.wordpress.com, January 28, 2009

"No evangelical writer makes a more scrupulous attempt at clarity and fairness than John Stott. Notably fresh and illuminating."

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CONTENTS

Foreword by Ajith Fernando
Foreward to the First Edition by J. P. Hickinbotham

Preface

Introduction: words and their meanings

1. Mission
Two Extreme Views
A Biblical Synthesis?
The Great Commision
The Relation between Evangelism and Social Action
The Great Commandment
Practical Implications

2. Evangelism
The Priority of Evangelism
The Meaning of Evangelism
Is there a New Testament Gospel?
The Gospel Events
The Gospel Witnesses
The Gospel Affirmations
The Gospel Promises
The Gospel Demands
The Context of Evangelism

3. Dialogue
Exteme Views
Dialogue in the Bible
The Argument against Dialogue
The Place of Elenctics
The Argument for Dialogue
Dialogue with Hindus
Dialogue with Muslims
Dialogue with Industrial Britain

4. Salvation
The Centrality of Salvation
Salvation and Physical Health
Salvation and Political Liberation
The Theology of Liberation
The Hermeneutical Question
Salvation and Personal Freedom
Freedom from Judgement for Sonship
Freedom from Self for Service
Freedom from Decay for Glory

5. Conversion
The Contemporary Distaste for 'Conversion'
Conversion and Regeneration
Conversion and Repentance
Conversion and Church
Conversion and Society
Conversion and Culture
Conversion and the Holy Spirit

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John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Majority World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen’s New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors, and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

Visit the John Stott Ministries Langham Partnership website.

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