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Christian Mission in the Modern World

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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 socia ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by IVP Books (first published November 30th 1974)
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Peter B.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
"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
Tim Hoiland
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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.
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.
Tyler Hurst
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some really good principles from one of the foremost 20th century Christian authors.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still a lot of transferable principles
James Korsmo
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
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”.


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Jimmy Reagan
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 I ...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.” 1 likes
“Life is a pilgrimage of learning, a voyage of discovery, in which our mistaken views are corrected, our distorted notions adjusted, our shallow opinions deepened and some of our vast ignorances diminished.” 0 likes
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