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Basic Christianity John Stott

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

I know we have focused a lot last month on the problems of Charismatics, Pentecostals, Word of Faith and Prosperity Gospel preachers.  We don’t just want to say what’s wrong but we also want to encourage people to look more towards Christ than all the other superfluous “glitters” in some Charismatic quarters.

One book we would recommend is Basic Christianity; it’s important for us yet once again to be reminded of the pure faith in Christ and the Gospel.

I was expecting this book to be a mini-systematic theology, an introduction to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity but it turned out to be quite a devotional and worshipful read that largely focused on the question of “Who is Jesus?” John Stott paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus Christ from the Scriptures and must definitely read it to see how challenging, wonderful, and awesome Jesus Christ truly is. This work is evangelistic, being conscious of nonbelievers reading this work while remaining faithful to the Scriptures in a winsome manner. In fact, it’s clear that Stott wishes that it would be the Scriptures and the verse cited that will do it’s work in the readers. Again, a great book and also practical towards the end of how to walk in Christ after one comes to repentance and trust in Jesus. Even older Christians will benefit from the work’s discussion about Jesus. There’s a reason why this work has been a classic for over fifty years and I’m glad I got around to reading it.

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