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Christian Mission in the Modern World

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"John Stott has packed this book with what has to be some of the most perceptive, on-target observations available today on the intensely debated issues of world mission."

"No evangelical writer makes a more scrupulous attempt at clarity and fairness than John Stott. Notably fresh and illuminating."

"Stott is a precise analyst, driving right to the heart of Scripture; he is also a graceful writer, making memorably attractive all that he says."

About the Author

John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) ha sido uno de los predicadores y lideres cristianos de mayor prestigio en nuestros dias. Por muchos anos sirvio como rector de la Iglesia All Souls en Londres, Inglaterra, donde desarrollo un ministerio efectivo de pastoral urbana y ha sido uno de los pioneros en desarrollo del Pacto de Lausana. Sus libros han vendido millones de copias en todo el mundo, en mas de 12 idiomas. Con sabiduria y autoridad, comparte las ensenanzas biblicas de una forma profunda pero a la vez practica y directa. Sus escritos son joyas en cualquier biblioteca y obligatorios para quien desee acercarse al texto biblico con una lectura fiel y seria.

Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist's very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (January 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877844852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877844853
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard to believe that Stott wrote this book in 1976, yet, I read it in 1999 for a Christian Mission class, and it seems so appropriate today. Dr. Stott was on the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism, and has obviously thought about these and researched this deeply. He comes from an Evangelical Protestant heritage.
This is a particularly insighted book, an introduction to Christian Mission. The change from the plural, missions, to the singular, mission, is indicated by Stott as what all Christians should be doing, that is, both evangelism AND striving for social justice (that is, arguing the case of the orphan, widow, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, fighting against oppression, etc.).
Stott defines a number of crucial terms and places them within the context of Christian theology, for instance, evangelism just means 'proclaiming the Good News,' specifically that of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, Stott is very practical and uses biblical theology (such as the theology of the Incarnation gives us an example of what it means to be involved with others, to share their sufferings and concerns, and to understand their culture and be able to dialogue with them at where they are at). And Stott is very good at providing negative examples, or warnings, such as that Christians are also to be 'salt and light,' maintaining their identity as Christians; that the Gospel is not liberation theology (although the influence of the Gospel may be seen in the culture in fighting against social injustices), the Gospel does not ensure health and wealth. Salvation does mean freedom from sin, to serve and obey God.
The book is divided between 5 large chapters that have a number of topics discussed. The first is Mission -- what is Christian Mission?
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In 1975, InterVarsity Press published Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott. It recently reissued the book as part of the IVP Classics series. Like almost everything Stott has written, the book repays careful reading.

Stott, who is British, is the type of evangelical Christian that we do not often see in America. In America, evangelicals generally work outside the structures of the so-called mainline churches. Stott is a priest of the Church of England and a participant in ecumenical dialogues. He is a pastor, theologian, activist, bridge-builder, and public intellectual. American evangelical leaders tend to specialize in one or two of those areas. Indeed, I cannot think of a precise American counterpart to Stott.

Christian Mission in the Modern World grew out of the 1975 Chavasse Lectures in World Mission that Stott delivered at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. It investigates the meaning of five words in conversation with then-current trends in both evangelical and ecumenical missiology: mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion. As should be expected in a book published more than thirty years ago, some of the persons, events, and documents Stott discusses are no longer current. Even so, however, Stott's insights into the meaning of these words still provoke thought. Let us briefly take a look at them.

First, mission: What is the mission of the church? It is common to distinguish evangelical and ecumenical missiologies by saying that the former is concerned with evangelism and the latter with social action. There is an element of truth in this, although Stott points out that evangelicals are concerned with social action and ecumenicals with evangelism--at least according to the leading documents of their respective movements.
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Christian Mission in the Modern World provides “an ecumenical understanding from an evangelical source” (10) for the term mission. Stott carefully defines five key terms in this pursuit: mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion.

Stott starts with an excellent introduction on authorial intent and Scriptural authority. He says, “We evangelicals think we have [learned to live under the authority of Scripture]—and there is no doubt we sincerely want to—but at some times we are very selective in our submission and at others the traditions of evangelical elders seem to owe more to culture than to Scripture” (14). Submission to the authority of Scripture then is paramount in even approaching the topic of mission. Great launching pad for the coming definitions.

Stott makes three important points in the first chapter when defining mission. First, mission can’t mean everything God does. He also acts in “providence and common grace” in all cultures (21). Second, God by his very nature is a sending God (24). He sends prophets, Jesus, Spirit, and the Church—to act in the world. Third, Stott notes social justice isn’t just part of all of Jesus’ command in the Great Commission. It’s the second greatest commandment—love your neighbor (25-26, 32-33). This last point is a discussion I haven’t heard a lot of chatter about in the continued discussed about the Church and mission.

In the next chapter, he emphatically states that evangelism doesn’t equal making converts. That takes the responsibility of conversion out of God’s hands and places it into ours.
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