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Basic Christianity [Paperback]

by John Stott
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February 6, 1959 0802811892 978-0802811899 Revised
John R. W. Stott defends the fundamental claims of Christianity and defines the proper outworkings of these beliefs in the lives of believers. Here is a sound guide for those seeking an intellectually satisfying presentation of the Christian faith.

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"John Stott's Basic Christianity is a simple, clear, deep explanation of our faith. I am so grateful for the lucid elegance of this invitation to follow Jesus." (John Ortberg, pastor and author, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church)

"I first read Basic Christianity as a new Christian in college. I feasted on every word. The blend of head and heart, soul and strength, marks me to this day. It provided a rudder of truth that would long keep me on course amid the gale-force winds of our day. Later in life, when I had the opportunity of meeting the author, the book took on an even richer texture--for it was clear that the words of the book were a reflection of the life that he led. I cannot commend this book, or the life behind it, highly enough." (James Emery White, pastor, professor and author of Serious Times)

"Anything John Stott says is worth listening to. Anything he writes is worth reading. Basic Christianity is not only a classic must-read for every believer, it is truly a blessing preserved on the written page for the enrichment of this generation and those to come." (Anne Graham Lotz)

"'Who is Jesus Christ?' and 'What does it mean to follow him?' These are the basic questions that need to be first sincerely asked and then meaningfully answered. They are the fundamental questions the Gospels ask and to which they give the perfect answer. From Augustine to Bonhoeffer, from The Confessions to The Cost of Discipleship, great theologians with pastors' hearts have asked and answered these two basic questions for their own age. In our time, it has been John Stott and his Basic Christianity." (Michael Card)

"[This slim volume] has introduced more people to Christ than any book I know other than the Bible." (James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"'Who is Jesus Christ?' and 'What does it mean to follow him?' These are the basic questions that need to be first sincerely asked and then meaningfully answered. They are the fundamental questions the Gospels ask and to which they give the perfect answer. From Augustine to Bonhoeffer, from The Confessions to The Cost of Discipleship, great theologians with pastors' hearts have asked and answered these two basic questions for their own age. In our time, it has been John Stott and his Basic Christianity." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Revised edition (February 6, 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802811892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802811899
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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 by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Book for Christians New and Old October 25, 2000
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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? These are all very basic, fundamental questions that are answered in a no-nonsense, straightforward way. For those who have been Christians for some time, it is always good to review the basic fundamentals. Sometimes you see things possibly in a way that you never did before. Stott's explanation of the Ten Commandments and their application is by itself worth the price of the book. Basic Christianity is a small book, but loaded with helpful information.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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Stott, John R.W. Basic Christianity. Downers Grove: IVP, 1971. 142 pages.

Dr. John R.W. Stott was born in London in 1921. Dr. Stott holds a multitude of educational degrees, including French, theology, and various doctorate and honorary doctorates in theology. He has written over thirty books on various theological and religious topics and eight biblical expositions for the Bible Speaks Today commentary series. He has attended All Souls Place (home church) in London since his childhood. He has currently held the position rector emeritus since 1975. He continues to preach at the church several times throughout the year. Billy Graham has stated that Dr. Stott is "the most respected clergy man in the world today." One of his earlier publishing's, Basic Christianity, was first written in 1958 and has sold over two and a half million copies and has been translated into more than 63 languages.

Dr. Stott shows the reader that there is much hostility towards the `institution' of the church. It is not that this hostility is geared toward Christ Himself, but against the structure or the organization called `the church' and its fallible managers. The younger generation that is growing up, whether organic to the church or implanted from other religions, is seeking less and less the credentials that make Christianity true and valid.

He feels that many are making too much of the mind knowledge of Christianity and identifying less and less with the actions of Christianity. In essence, it seems he is stating that the culture at large is living a static or nominal Christianity where its participants are just identifiers and not spokesmen. The believers of the movement are only passively wearing the title Christian and not living a life of dynamism for Jesus.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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For those skeptics who desire to have a purpose in life and who turn to Christianity for possible answers, but who don't want to "compromise" their intellect by believing in the "impossible," John Stott's book, "Basic Christianity," is an absolute MUST READ! Our God is one of intellect and logic as much as He is one of miraculous splendor. He gave us a thinking mind as well as a feeling heart, and he intends us to use them both when seeking Him. If one truly opens his/her mind and heart, the God of the Holy Scriptures will satisfy both. John Stott is a very well-educated man who wants to communicate the gospel in its entire intellectual and spiritual truth, and he will not leave one with unanswered questions.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the small type scare you October 12, 2000
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Stott is marvelous describing who is Jesus, what is sin, what did Jesus do, and what should be the individual's response. He has a clear way of describing the truly important beliefs of the Christian church. I do have two complaints, one major and one minor. I'm curious how a book entitled "Basic Christianity" could be devoid of any mention of the character of God, including the Trinity. Much is made of the nature of Christ, but I do not remember reading about God's nature. The minor complaint is that book's type is so small--maybe this is the way to keep the price down on a very powerful 142-page book. Don't let my complaints keep you away from a very wise investment.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christianity 101 June 24, 2001
By Murray
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Basic Christianity is just that and more. Stott writes with the purpose to simply inform the novice. He does this in a way that is easy to read, and without a perpensity for big theological words. First and foremost the author centres on Jesus Christ, His person, and work.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stott was one of the Best Evangelical Christian Apologist
This book is a must have for any lay Christian as well as serious scholars. Stott explains the Gospels similarities and their differences in a manner that lends clarity rather than... Read more
Published 14 days ago by jtrolla
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must Read
This is an absolute "must read" for both Christian and non-believers. A classic that is thorough yet brings you step by step to understanding what it means to be a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JIM
4.0 out of 5 stars Complements "Mere Christianity"
A friend recommended this as an alternative to C.S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity." It's not a substitute for Lewis's classic, but it's a good supplement. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nyle Kardatzke
1.0 out of 5 stars PRINT TOO SMALL
The print was so small it would take a jewelers eye piece to try to read. When a book is supposed to be a "hardback" I assume that the print will be big enough to read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LN Wrisley
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Very well written book that covers the fundamentals of Christianity in a way that is easy to understand. I highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by M. Rading
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The autor has the ability to explain in a simple and persuasive way. The book is interesting and both for people who's know a lot about chtistianyty, and I would suppose those who... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steinar RÝsvik
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Refresher or Introduction to Christianity
I liked how simple and clear his writing was. I liked how the book was organized so logically. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a refresh of the basics of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt McCarley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic for a Reason
Classic for a good reason...timeless truths told in a convincing and concise manner that reflects the authenticity of the gospels.
Published 4 months ago by Richard Cuddington
5.0 out of 5 stars simple stated truth
Easy to read, succinct and enjoyable- the perfect book for a seeker, new believer, or simply to reexamine the foundational truths of the faith.
Published 4 months ago by REEMR
5.0 out of 5 stars A true spiritual classic
This is a spiritual classic I come back to over and over again. One of the best books to reinforce, grow or find your faith. A short but powerful book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luis S.
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