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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Some emphasize Christian mission as verbal proclamation and "saving souls." Others focus on global justice issues or relief and development work. Can we do both? In this classic book, John Stott shows that Christian mission must encompass both evangelism and social action. He offers careful definitions of five key terms--mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation and convers ...more
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Published January 28th 2014 by IVP Books (first published November 30th 1974)
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Peter Bringe
"Evangelism, then, is sharing the good news with others. The good news is Jesus. And the good news about Jesus which we announce is that he died for our sins and was raised from death, and that in consequence he reigns as Lord and Saviour at God's right hand, and has authority both to command repentance and faith, and to bestow forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Spirit on all those who repent, believe and are baptized. And all this is according to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament ...more
Brian Pate
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions
A reprint of Stott’s classic 1975 work with comments by his protégé, Chris Wright. Stott’s material is good. He explores a definition of the mission of the church, emphasizes the priority of evangelism, counters the rise of liberation theology, and articulates the beauty of the gospel.

I had a few disagreements with Stott:

1. Mission of the church. Stott states that the Great Commission “must be understood to include social as well as evangelistic responsibility.” I would articulate a narrower de
Tim Hoiland
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, justice, anglican, 2014, 2011
After news of John Stott‘s death nearly two weeks ago, a range of tributes and obituaries came out in various quarters (like this, this, this, this and perhaps most notably, this). As some noted, though Stott was hardly a household name in the US or the UK, he had enormous influence on evangelicals in those countries and others. Some considered him a sort of Protestant pope. I remember being at the Urbana conference during college, excited to hear him speak, when we learned that he wasn’t able t ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christian mission is not about converting people, but it's a series of actions that naturally follow the transformation of a person by what Jesus Christ has done. It is to genuinely love others and therefore serve others because of our commitment to God's commands. Also it is to honestly convey all that we know (the rich historical, archaeological, logical, philosophical, psychological evidence) to people. And the rest of work is left with God and that person who is given the information. We are ...more
Bob Wolniak
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Classic written during Stott's many years in ecumenical discussions defending an evangelical viewpoint of mission, evangelism, conversion, and salvation plus a discussion on what genuine dialogue consists of and doesn't.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant little book! John Stott brings into focus five key words around the Christian's Mission in the world. It is an eye opener and a page turner too with loads to learn. Three things I have taken away from it are; The Mission and Dialogue.

The Mission is broken down not only as the great commission but also the golden rule or as Stott calls it, the great commandment. This is shown in that Jesus said he had sent us as he was sent by the father. The redemptive work was the culmination of his l
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
While this wasn't the quickest read (bit of a slog at times, to be honest), I do think it's worthwhile whether or not you're heading into an international missions-type position. It is divided into sections on mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion. I especially enjoyed the latter three.
I also appreciated the book's emphasis building genuine relationships and engaging in true dialogue (where you listen and thoughtfully respond rather than simply attempting to bulldoze the other
Kathy Penrod
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Stott in this book takes a look at what Christian mission has been, what is it, and what it should be. This mission is usually described as either mainly evangelism or as mainly social welfare. Stott examines both these ideas and leads us back to the Scriptures to look at what they tell us. He shows us that both these groups are really two sides of the same coin and that the church's mission includes both. My favorite chapter is the final one in which he brings together the ideas of humilit ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This missiology classic is full of quotable and insightful content. His handling of evangelism and social action was not only essential in the ecumenical conversations of the 70s but also in the intra-evangelical dialogue of 2019. In many ways, his first chapter addresses many of the shortcomings of such recent innovations as the "Statement on Social Justice" from MacArthur, et. al. His explanation and definition of evangelism is useful and clearly defended from Scripture. I benefitted greatly f ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was caught off guard by how much I enjoyed this work on missions and evangelism. I was not expecting it to 'speak' to me as much as it did.

The book is made up of 5 lectures that John Stott gave for the 1975 Chavasse Lectures in World Missions. The topics are: Mission, Evangelism, Dialogue, Salvation, and Conversion.

In some sense, I would say this book represents evangelicalism at its finest. Stott gives clear and winsome defense of classical orthodoxy, while engaging a number of contemporary a
Jake Cannon
I thought this book had some extremely interesting insights. I could feel, and still feel, their tension in the positions they fight for. Specifically “mission” as the proclamation of the gospel foremost and social responsibility coming in behind it, and “salvation” as a nonrestrictivist exclusivist.

Stott brought out some good points, but it was Wright’s commentary that really weighed this book down. The interesting historical context could not overcome the unnecessary interplay between Wright a
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Stott continues to be a voice for Christ with works that seem to speak beyond their times and into present challenges the church faces. Change the examples and illustrations and this book could have been written for our day and our challenges. Stott has an ability to speak through the confusion and past the divides, and be a voice of unifying wisdom. In a petty world, Stott brings substance.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Wright has updated John Stott's 1974 classic, adding his own insights and developments in mission in the last forty-plus years. I loved Stott's original chapters, and found Wright's commentary most helpful as well. Mission is not somewhere over there or just for professionals but an integral part of our faith and actions. ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this collection of lectures Stott provides his take on issues which plagued missions in the mid to late 20th century. I found his critiques and counsel relevant and helpful because many of these controversies remain today . There were so many references to international mission conferences and statements that I tended to gloss over them.
Aug 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, short series of messages about Christian mission and what it looks like. Many times Stott nearly veers into saying that evangelism and social action have equal standing in the mission of the church, but while he does promote both, he is quick also to say that evangelism is the primary responsibility of the church in the world.
Paul Herriott
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stott synthesizes some of the finest 20th century thinking on missiology, drawing from the many ecumenical councils and thinkers such as Winters, Wagner, McGavran. He did a good job of answering the many issues being raised half a century ago.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still a lot of transferable principles
Willian Julia
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book should be read considering the time it was writing, for sure. But Stott is always looking for a balance and huge passion fo the Scriptures.
Tim Littleford
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stott is awesome. A great treatise on the necessity of holistic evangelism.
Brice Johnson
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wright's commentary on Stott's classic work really helps this edition shine. ...more
Kenvin M
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you are looking to be involved in church mission, this book offers some great insights to ponder before you get started
James Korsmo
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In this latest book, Shaara returns to his roots, in a sense, with a new novel (the first in a promised triology) on the Civil War. He cut his teeth (and gained his reputation) with Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, a prequil and then a follow up to his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels (the novel on which the film Gettysburg was based). In this new Civil War trilogy, Shaara is looking to the battles in the West, starting with this account of the battle of Shiloh. Thes ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is helpful for missionaries and missiologists seeking a biblically robust framework and discussion of key missiological terms in light of present-day missiological discussions. While helpful for this purpose, for the layperson seeking to build Biblical theology of mission, other resources may be more accessible and helpful. Stott specifically undertakes the definition and discussion of the key terms “mission”, “evangelism”, “dialogue”, and “salvation”.


In traditional form of St
Jimmy Reagan
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Stott classic has been ably updated and expanded by Christopher J. H. Wright. In fact, this volume is double the size of the old edition as Wright follows each Stott chapter with one of his own. Not only were Stott and Wright colleagues and friends, but Stott was something of a mentor to Wright. They share many specialities including the subject of this book. Stott is known as the master expositor, and Wright follows him in that way too with several fine, medium-length commentaries if his o ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions, evangelism
Great little book! Although written in 1975, which make it seem dated to Americans with short memories (like myself), a good primer on a biblical theology of mission. Stott covers the topics of mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion, contrasting modern perspectives with Biblical teachings. Throughout, Stott maintains his famous focus on Jesus Christ, and the practical urgency of missions. Though it might take some effort to wade through the theological discussions and distincti ...more
Andy Mills
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe that I have not read this book before. John Stott was so ahead of his time when he wrote this. The questions he was asking, the synthesis of his answers. Far too many books have been written in the last few years about mission that are still wrestling with the questions that John Stott answers in this book. It has gone to the top of my recomended reading on mission alongside Bosch's Transforming Mission and Ronald Sider's Good News and Good Works. ...more
Tim Cooper
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into mission, evangelism, salvation, conversion in the 'modern' world of the mid 1970's. I am currently creating a thesis project on evangelism and this book is extremely valuable for me because it gives a glimpse into how and why some of the evangelism practices came to be. Good read....but so is everything else that Stott wrote. ...more
David Carlson
I've had this book since 1977. Stott is still relevant on the nature of mission, evangelism, dialogue, and the balance of gospel and compassion/justice in our agenda. they are partners. Since Stott recently died I Mad him Theologian of the Year for Reformation Sunday. ...more
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent little book from Stott, deftly merging the need for Christian doctrine and Christian practice in the church. Could be equally enjoyed by the emergent and the uptight.
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions
This is why I love John Stott.
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John R. W. Stott is 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, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why ...more

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“Dialogue is a token of genuine Christian love, because it indicates our steadfast resolve to rid our minds of the prejudices and caricatures that we may entertain about other people, to struggle to listen through their ears and look through their eyes so as to grasp what prevents them from hearing the gospel and seeing Christ, to sympathize with them in all their doubts, fears and “hang-ups.” For such sympathy will involve listening, and listening means dialogue. It is once more the challenge of the incarnation, to renounce evangelism by inflexible slogans, and instead to involve ourselves sensitively in the real dilemmas that people face.” 2 likes
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