Basic Christianity Paperback – Jan 2007
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'John Stott's books have helped millions around the world to a better understanding of the Christian faith I, for one, am extremely grateful for the way in which he explains complex and difficult issues with great clarity insight and wisdom. Basic Christianity has become a classic of our time.' Nicky Gumbel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ, have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds 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 byTime magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."
Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, in 1980 with one family. Today it is an evangelical congregation averaging 25,000 weekly attendees. He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. He is the author of the international bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life, and his book The Purpose Driven Church is listed in ?100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century.? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Despite that, there are some essentials that belong in every church, whether Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, or non Demoninational. John Stott has taken the vital facts that you must believe to be called Christian and placed them in a straightforward easy to read book. With a precision akin to Lee Strobel's Case for Christ, he lines out the ABC's of faith. The logic of the Resurrection to the deeper meanings in the Ten Commandments are laid out concisely.
*** Long time believers may not have any "aha" moments, but if they read this, they will have more to defend their faith than "it's true because it is written and I believe it." New believers or seekers will know what is most basic without the rigamorole variations that difer from sect to sect. ***
The last few chapters -- covering the appropriate response to what the previous chapters explained -- left me a little unsatisfied. Stott valuably explained the need to count the cost of submitting to Christ's lordship, but he offered scant advice on how to live after becoming a Christian, and what Christians' purpose is on earth. What little he *did* say was good, but in a primer on the Christian faith, I would like to see more about how to live in the church, and how to advance Christ's kingdom on earth. A little more practical advice here and there would have been nice.
So, good stuff. But _Mere Christianity_ is still my favorite.
The chapters 5 and 6 explain from the Bible the deity of Christ, both His direct and indirect claims to be God in man. The author's argument is uncomfortable when he calls Jesus claims to deity egocentric; for that would make Jesus a phony. Nevertheless, the author continues to unpack his fundamental disposition supporting Jesus' claims of deity as true. The point being that if Jesus' claims are not true, then He was a phony and no global people movement such as the church could be sustained for 2 millennium based on the distorted word of a egomaniac.
The author answers the central question of "Who needs Christ?" Stott does this by describing sin in a basic way, as pride and self-deification among its other Biblical definitions. Sin has sadly cut mankind off from God to the point that people perceive God as angry and far away. This then, is why people need Christ, to bring them back into fellowship with God. Therefore, Christ's unselfish sacrifice is the peace-making event that restores fellowship with God. This Easter triumph inaugurates the age of the promised Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church.
In the last chapter called "Man's Response" I found many helpful pointers for the novice. Stott points out that being born in a so-called Christian nation is not enough for salvation, but the seeking individual must open one's heart to Jesus to be saved.Read more ›
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Great book, using it along side the 6 Bible studies book called, "Christ" in our Study group at church. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J M S
Wonderful book. Great introduction to Christianity and what it is all about.Published 18 months ago by Natalie
I have not finished reading this book yet, but so far I have found it very interesting, informative and helpful in understanding Christianity.Published on April 16 2013 by Nancy Coughlin
Wonderful reading, clear and concise. Very good, convincing reasoning. A must read for every Christian. Great apologetic book to read.Published on March 9 2013 by Ehy
A thread of unconscious doubt runs through this book. Whence do we get "intellectual suicide" as a non-requirement to consider the deity of Jesus (pg 8)? Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2002
Stott describes basic Christianity in detail and then lays out a convincing plan of action for believers. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by Peter Kenney
Stott's Basic Christianity is a very practical, easy-to-read introduction to the Christian life. Who is God? Who is Christ? What is sin? What does being a Christian mean? Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2000 by A. Wolverton