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Thursday, May 7, 2015

John Stott on Discipleship

John Stott

John Stott's public ministry is well respected worldwide. He mentored the succession of young curates who assisted him at All Souls Church in Central London. Stott was mentored by the Reverend Eric Nash, known affectionately as “Bash” who touched the lives of many young Christian leaders in England.

Mentoring is about making disciples into leaders for the Church. According to Stott, "We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”

He wrote, "Social responsibility becomes an aspect not of Christian mission only, but also of Christian conversion. It is impossible to be truly converted to God without being thereby converted to our neighbor.”

Stott believes that transformation of the individual is evidence that Jesus Chris is alive. He wrote, "Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the resurrection.”

God intends us to penetrate the world. Christian salt has no business to remain snugly in elegant little ecclesiastical salt cellars; our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. And when society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: Where is the salt?”-- John Stott

Related reading:  Dwight L. Moody on Discipleship; Charles H. Spurgeon on Discipleship; Billy Graham on Discipleship; Oswald Chambers on DiscipleshipEvelyn Underhill on Discipleship; A.W. Tozer on Discipleship; C.S. Lewis on Discipleship; Archbishop Michael Ramsey on Discipleship

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