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Basic Christianity [Hardcover]

By John R. W. Stott (Author)
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Who is Jesus Christ? If he is not who he said he was, and if he did not do what he said he had come to do, the whole superstructure of Christianity crumbles in ruins to the ground. Is it plausible that Jesus was truly divine? And what might this mean for us? John Stott presents his clear, classic statement of the gospel.

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In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals Who is Jesus?"If Jesus was not God in human flesh, Christianity is exploded," writes John Stott. "We are left with just another religion with some beautiful ideas and noble ethics; its unique distinction has gone."If Jesus is not who he said he was, and if he did not do what he said he had come to do, the whole superstructure of Christianity crumbles in ruins to the ground. Is it plausible that Jesus was truly divine? And what might this mean for us?John Stott's clear, classic statement examines the historical facts on which Christianity stands. Here is a sound, sensible guide for all who seek an intellectually satisfying explanation of the Christian faith.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Intervarsity Press
Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   IVP Books
Edition  Anniversary  
ISBN  0830833579  
ISBN13  9780830833573  

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More About John R. W. Stott

John R. W. Stott

The Reverend Dr. John Stott was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place in London, England, and had a worldwide ministry as a Bible expositor, speaker, and writer.

John R. W. Stott was born in 1921.

John R. W. Stott has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Bible Speaks Today
  2. Classics of Faith and Devotion
  3. Studies and Documents

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A classic of the Christian faith from a master communicator  Jan 16, 2009
In searching for books at a thrift store I came across an old, well-worn copy of Basic Christianity by John Stott. Knowing that Stott is a popular and well-respected author, I debated about buying superior content in an inferior package. I regretted my decision to not buy it.

After reading Basic Christianity: 50th Anniversary Edition I realize what a strong apologetic (defense of Christianity) it provides. It's ideal for any seeker, new Christian or anyone wanting a clear, concise presentation of a historic faith.

This new edition includes a foreword by Rick Warren. Warren's critics have multiplied with his success. He certainly rises in my estimation when he calls this one of the rare landmark books that everyone in the world should read. Bravo Rick for using the platform that God has given you to point to another book that provides purpose for living.

Also included is a new preface by the author. He reflects on how God has used the book in the lives of others.

Along with updating the language of the original volume, Today's New International Version replaces the Revised Standard Version text used previously. It makes the book even more readable.

The content is divided into four parts: "Who Christ Is," "What We Need," which deals with sin and its consequences, "What Christ has Done," and "How to Respond."

One of the highlights is Stott's focus on the graveclothes in his discussion of Christ's resurrection. He emphasizes that the position of these items was a clear indication that Jesus had risen from the dead. When those first eyewitnesses saw the position of the cloths, they knew. It's an awe-inspiring moment.

There may be a number of books that cover the same ground and go deeper and broader, but there are few wasted words in this volume. If you love the truth of Scripture, and appreciate a straightforward presentation, you can't help rejoicing as you read this.

The intervening years since its original publication have not diminished its power. If it's the life that prays, it's also what adds power to these words, which sometimes challenge. Stott has lived an exemplary life, reflected in his being recognized by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

This belongs on any list of the top Christian books ever written.

If you ever come across it at a bargain price, buy it to give away, regardless of the condition. If you love what is pure and right, read this for the simple joy of being immersed in life-changing teaching. It does a Christian good, to reflect again on the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

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