John Stott, the former Rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, and one of the most significant Christian leaders of the 20th century, died on 27th July 2011 aged 90.
John Stott’s remarkable ministry spanned the whole second half of the twentieth century, and even in his 80s he was making an impact on the twenty-first. John Stott was well known as a man of considerable intelligence and humble integrity.
John Stott penned dozens of influential books and commentaries, the bestselling one being Basic Christianity, which was written in 1958 when Stott was 37 years old and has sold over 2.5 million copies.
His outstanding book on preaching, Between Two Worlds, was published in 1982.
His most substantial book is probably The Cross of Christ (1986), about which J. I. Packer says, “No other treatment of this supreme subject says so much so truly and so well.”
For those of you unfamiliar with this humble giant of the Christian faith, here are a few nuggets from Stott’s books, followed by short clip of his life. May God raise up more men like John Stott, who have the balance of a scholar’s mind and a pastor’s heart.
► “Good conduct arises out of good doctrine.” ~ John Stott
► “The chief occupational hazard of leadership is pride.” ~ John Stott
► “Persecution is simply the clash between two irreconcilable value-systems.” ~ John Stott
►”In expository preaching the biblical text is neither a conventional introduction to a sermon on a largely different theme, nor a convenient peg on which to hang a ragbag of miscellaneous thoughts, but a master which dictates and controls what is said.” ~ John Stott
► “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