We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather we should ask, “What has happened to salt and light?— John Stott
The most cheerful John Stott quotes that are little-known but priceless
A Christian should resemble a fruit tree with real fruit, not a Christmas tree with decorations tied on
For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God [Gen.
3:1-7], while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man [2 Cor. 5:21]. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be.
Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love.
Probably the greatest tragedy of the church throughout its long and checkered history has been its constant tendency to conform to the prevailing culture instead of developing a Christian counter-culture .
We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.
Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.
What we need is not more learning, not more eloquence, not more persuasion, not more organization, but more power from the Holy Spirit.
An unchurched christian is a grotesque anomaly.
The New Testament knows nothing of such a person. For the church lies at the very center of the eternal purpose of God. It is not a divine afterthought. It is not an accident of history. On the contrary, the church is God's new community.
Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, 'I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.' Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross.
The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.
When Jesus is truly our Lord, He directs our lives and we gladly obey Him.
Indeed, we bring every part of our lives under His lordship - our home and family, our sexuality and marriage, our job or unemployment, our money and possessions, our ambitions and recreations.
Because in no other person but the historic Jesus of Nazareth has God become man and lived a human life on earth, died to bear the penalty of our sins, and been raised from death and exalted to glory, there is no other Savior, for there is no other person who is qualified to save.
At the cross in holy love God through Christ paid the full penalty of our disobedience himself. He bore the judgment we deserve in order to bring us the forgiveness we do not deserve. On the cross divine mercy and justice were equally expressed and eternally reconciled. God's holy love was 'satisfied.'
The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.
Sin and the child of God are incompatible.
They may occasionally meet; they cannot live together in harmony
Grace is God loving, God stooping, God coming to the rescue, God giving himself generously in and through Jesus Christ.
The Spirit of God leads the people of God to submit to the Word of God.
Christians who neglect the Bible simply do not mature.
Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will upon God, or bending his will to ours, but the prescribed way of subordinating our will to his.
The chief reason people do not know God is not because He hides from them but because they hide from Him.
In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?
The major mark of justified believers is joy, especially joy in God himself.
We should be the most positive people in the world. For the new community of Jesus Christ is characterized not by a self-centered triumphalism but by a God-centered worship.
No man preaches his sermon well to others if he does not first preach it to his own heart.
Our Christian life began not with our decision to follow Christ but with God's call to us to do so.
We do not need to wait for the Holy Spirit to come: he came on the day of Pentecost. He has never left the church.
It is no exaggeration to say that without Scripture a Christian life is impossible.
I have sometimes called this 'double listening'.
Listening to the voice of God in Scripture, and listening to the voices of the modern world, with all their cries of anger, pain and despair.
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.
Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.
The concept of substitution lies at the heart of both sin and salvation.
For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man.
Truth without love is too hard; love without truth is too soft.
... what I believe to be one of the major tragedies in the Church today. Namely, that evangelicals are biblical, but not contemporary, while liberals are contemporary but not biblical, and almost nobody is building bridges and relating the biblical text to the modern context
Nothing is more important for mature Christian discipleship than a fresh, clear, true vision of the authentic Jesus.
At every step of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.
All worship is an intelligent and loving response to the revelation of God, because it is the adoration of His name.
Greatness in the kingdom of God is measured in terms of obedience.
We should travel light and live simply. Our enemy is not possessions but excess.
Many (Christians) have zeal without knowledge, enthusiasm without enlightenment.
In more modern jargon, they are keen but clueless.
Prayer is the very way God Himself has chosen for us to express our conscious need of Him and our humble dependence on Him.
We live and die; Christ died and lived!
If we truly worship God, acknowledging and adoring his infinite worth, we find ourselves impelled to make him known to others, in order that they may worship him too. Thus worship leads to witness, and witness in its turn to worship, in a perpetual circle.
...The first and great evidence of our walking by the Spirit or being filled with the Spirit is not some private mystical experience of our own, but our practical relationships of love with other people.
All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousn ess, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.
The command to judge not is not a requirement to be blind, but rather a plea to be generous. Jesus does not tell us to cease to be men... but to renounce the presumptuous ambition to be God.
A Christian's freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from trouble, but to the folly of worry and especially to the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted suffering is within the orbit of His care.
Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion.
The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.
The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.
It is impossible to pray for someone without loving him, and impossible to go on praying for him without discovering that our love for him grows and matures.
Saving faith is resting faith, the trust which relies entirely on the Savior.