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Basic Christianity (IVP Classics) Paperback – May 3, 2012
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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.
"'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.
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I should clarify: the writings of John Stott have had an impact on my life for some time, but I have only recently come to experience John Stott's seminal Basic Christianity. "Seminal" is not a word that should be used lightly, but it justly applies to this amazing little work from the pen of one of Evangelicalism's most prolific lives and ministries. I turned to this book after the recent death of Stott, and I regret now that it has taken me so long to do so.
Part introduction, part summary, part apologetic, Basic Christianity has achieved the unlikely goal of being both an illuminating explanation of the faith suitable for nonbelievers and an inspiring reminder of the faith suitable for long-time believers. The book is written in a style that is deceptively simple. I say "deceptively," because, in truth, Stott has handled a number of profoundly deep truths in this little work in a style that is conversational and easily accessible. Part of Stott's genius was his ability to communicate through clear explanation and deft illustration fundamental biblical verities that are, to steal from Luther, "shallow enough to wade through but deep enough to drown in."
Stott covers aptly the nature of God, man's sin nature and need for a Savior, the person, work, and ministry of Jesus, how one comes into the Christian life, and the privileges and responsibilities of one who has come into the Christian life. He writes convincingly, carefully, and with great erudition and learning. His apologetic for the resurrection is particularly noteworthy. Furthermore, his handling of the truths of justification and sanctification is tremendous and, for this believer, very helpful and thought-provoking.
If you would like a wonderful primer to give to a person with whom you are sharing the faith, I would highly encourage Basic Christianity. If you would like a compelling and, frankly, enjoyable refresher on the faith, I would highly encourage this book again.
Basic Christianity is wonderfully lucid, helpful little book that you will not regret reading or giving to a friend or loved one.
I recommend this book to non-believers who are searching for life's true meaning, believers who want to know exactly what we as Christians believe about our Father and His Son, and all mature believers who need a refresher in the fundamentals of the faith.
There is some basic apologetics, but there is much more as well. It contains a lot of basic Christian doctrines and some great insights. The author shows that it matters what one thinks about spiritual issues as well as why it matters. He teaches a lot about the character and nature of God.
Some of the topics that he addresses are that people do not seek God without God seeking them first, that the primary purpose of the Gospel is not an invitation to man, but rather a statement about what God has done for us through Christ, that God will only be found by those who really seek Him, the importance of humility in the spiritual quest, that many who belong to the 'visible Church', are not necessarily members of the real church, and much more.
This is really a powerhouse that should be read by spiritual seekers, those who are already Christians, and pretty much everyone else. At the very least, from an educational standpoint, any reader can learn "why 2.3 billion people call themselves 'Christians'" as Rick Warren states in the foreward.
The book provides strong arguments for Christ and the resurrection and historic Christianity. It also makes clear what the implications of following Christ are.
The book was written for seekers and new Christians--but may also benefit older Christians who want a systematic exposition of the arguements for Christianity.
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