John Stott

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To encounter Christ is to touch reality and experience transcendence. He gives us a sense of self-worth or personal significance, because He assures us of God's love for us. He sets us free from guilt because He died for us and from paralyzing fear because He reigns. He gives meaning to marriage and home, work and leisure, personhood and citizenship.
- John Stott
Collection: Home
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At the cross in holy love God through Christ paid the full penalty of our disobedience himself.
- John Stott
Collection: God Love
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Every powerful movement has had its philosophy which has gripped the mind, fired the imagination and captured the devotion of its adherents.
- John Stott
Collection: Powerful
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If Christ seldom makes offers without demands, He also seldom makes demands without offers. He offers His strength to enable us to meet His demands.
- John Stott
Collection: Demand
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The overriding reason why we should take other people's cultures seriously is because God has taken ours seriously.
- John Stott
Collection: Taken
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There is no biblical Christianity without the cross at its center.
- John Stott
Collection: Biblical
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Christians believe that true worship is the highest and noblest activity of which man, by the grace of God, is capable.
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Collection: Christian
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God must speak to us before we have any liberty to speak to him. He must disclose to us who he is before we can offer him what we are in acceptable worship. The worship of God is always a response to the Word of God. Scripture wonderfully directs and enriches our worship.
- John Stott
Collection: Prayer
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The good news is the gospel of God, about Christ, according to Scripture, for the nations, unto the obedience of faith, and for the sake of the Name.
- John Stott
Collection: Names
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Although we have responsibilities to others, we are primarily accountable to God. It is before him that we stand, and to him that one day we must give an account. We should not therefore rate human opinion too highly.
- John Stott
Collection: Responsibility
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These then are the marks of the ideal Church - love, suffering, holiness, sound doctrine, genuineness, evangelism and humility. They are what Christ desires to find in His churches as He walks among them.
- John Stott
Collection: Humility
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Nothing is more important for mature Christian discipleship than a fresh, clear, true vision of the authentic Jesus.
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Collection: Christian
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We do not need to wait for the Holy Spirit to come: he came on the day of Pentecost. He has never left the church.
- John Stott
Collection: Waiting
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The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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Saving faith is resting faith, the trust which relies entirely on the Savior.
- John Stott
Collection: Saving
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It is a great comfort to know that our judge will be none other than our savior.
- John Stott
Collection: Judging
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The Bible isn’t about people trying to discover God, but about God reaching out to find us.
- John Stott
Collection: People
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Faith's only function is to receive what grace offers.
- John Stott
Collection: Grace
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The church is under orders. Evangelistic inactivity is disobedience.
- John Stott
Collection: Order
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The modern world detests authority but worships relevance. Our Christian conviction is that the Bible has both authority and relevance, and that the secret of both is Jesus Christ
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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As a body without breath is a corpse, so the church without the Spirit is dead.
- John Stott
Collection: Church
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The concept of substitution lies at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man.
- John Stott
Collection: God
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Pride is more than the first of the seven deadly sins; it is itself the essence of all sin.
- John Stott
Collection: Pride
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When Jesus is truly our Lord, He directs our lives and we gladly obey Him. Indeed, we bring every part of our lives under His lordship - our home and family, our sexuality and marriage, our job or unemployment, our money and possessions, our ambitions and recreations.
- John Stott
Collection: Jesus
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There is no Christianity without the cross. If the cross is not central to our religion, ours is not the religion of Jesus.
- John Stott
Collection: Jesus
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Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will upon God, or bending his will to ours, but the prescribed way of subordinating our will to his.
- John Stott
Collection: Prayer
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Don't neglect your critical faculties. Remember that God is a rational God, who has made us in His own image. God invites and expects us to explore His double revelation, in nature and Scripture, with the minds He has given us, and to go on in the development of a Christian mind to apply His marvellous revealed truth to every aspect of the modern and post-modern world.
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.
- John Stott
Collection: Lying
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Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.
- John Stott
Collection: Faith
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Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service. If we do not use the mind that God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality and cut ourselves off from many of the riches of God’s grace.
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable.
- John Stott
Collection: Acceptance
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The command to judge not is not a requirement to be blind, but rather a plea to be generous. Jesus does not tell us to cease to be men... but to renounce the presumptuous ambition to be God.
- John Stott
Collection: Jesus
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Many (Christians) have zeal without knowledge, enthusiasm without enlightenment. In more modern jargon, they are keen but clueless.
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Collection: Christian
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All worship is an intelligent and loving response to the revelation of God, because it is the adoration of His name.
- John Stott
Collection: Intelligent
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At every step of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.
- John Stott
Collection: Humble
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Scripture is the royal scepter by which King Jesus rules his church
- John Stott
Collection: Jesus
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All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousn ess, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.
- John Stott
Collection: Self
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The gospel is NOT preached if Christ is not preached.
- John Stott
Collection: Christ
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God has clothed His thoughts in words, and there is no way to know Him except by knowing the Scriptures.
- John Stott
Collection: Knowing
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We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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It is no exaggeration to say that without Scripture a Christian life is impossible.
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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When we look at the cross we see the justice, love, wisdom and power of God. It is not easy to decide which is the most luminously revealed, whether the justice of God in judging sin, or the love of God in bearing the judgment in our place, or the wisdom of God in perfectly combining the two, or the power of God in saving those who believe. For the cross is equally an act, and therefore a demonstration, of God’s justice, love, wisdom and power. The cross assures us that this God is the reality within, behind and beyond the universe.
- John Stott
Collection: Believe
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Never use a gallon of words to express a spoonful of thought. Our unadorned word should be enough.
- John Stott
Collection: Use
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Here's how to determine God's will for your life: Go wherever your gifts will be exploited the most.
- John Stott
Collection: Determine
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What we need is not more learning, not more eloquence, not more persuasion, not more organization, but more power from the Holy Spirit.
- John Stott
Collection: Organization
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Grace is God loving, God stooping, God coming to the rescue, God giving himself generously in and through Jesus Christ.
- John Stott
Collection: Jesus
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A man who loves his wife will love her letters and her photographs because they speak to him of her. So if we love the Lord Jesus, we shall love the Bible because it speaks to us of him.
- John Stott
Collection: Christian
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We are sent into the world, like Jesus, to serve. For this is the natural expression of our love for our neighbors. We love. We go. We serve.
- John Stott
Collection: Jesus