The Contemporary Christian

by John Stott     |     Book Summary


Author: John Stott
Publisher: IVP
Date: September 7 1992
Pages: 432

Book Summary of The Contemporary Christian by John Stott


How can we proclaim the gospel of Christ, rooted in the thousands-of-years-old history of God’s work in history, to our contemporary world? The distance seems enormous. 

In essence, Christians “are called to the difficult and even painful task of ‘double listening.’ That is, we are to listen carefully (though of course with differing degrees of respect) both to the ancient Word and the modern world, in order to relate the one to the other with a combination of fidelity and sensitivity” (p. 13).

Mission and evangelism must be rooted in the gospel itself, the timeless message of salvation found in God’s Word. Contemporary Christians must listen humbly to this Word in readiness to submit to its authority.

Yet, we must also listen to God’s world. Cries of frustration and pain and grief and fear surround us. The gospel is the most relevant message imaginable to this world, but we must hear the cries in the world if we are to declare God’s Word with effective power.

The Contemporary Christian models double listening:

  • Read it, and learn to hear the world. 
  • Listen to God’s Word and apply the gospel to the issues of our society and the individuals therein.





The Contemporary Christian

by John Stott

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of The Contemporary Christian by John Stott

AuthorJohn Stott
PublisherIVP
DateSeptember 7 1992
Pages432


Overview:

How can we proclaim the gospel of Christ, rooted in the thousands-of-years-old history of God’s work in history, to our contemporary world? The distance seems enormous. 

In essence, Christians “are called to the difficult and even painful task of ‘double listening.’ That is, we are to listen carefully (though of course with differing degrees of respect) both to the ancient Word and the modern world, in order to relate the one to the other with a combination of fidelity and sensitivity” (p. 13).

Mission and evangelism must be rooted in the gospel itself, the timeless message of salvation found in God’s Word. Contemporary Christians must listen humbly to this Word in readiness to submit to its authority.

Yet, we must also listen to God’s world. Cries of frustration and pain and grief and fear surround us. The gospel is the most relevant message imaginable to this world, but we must hear the cries in the world if we are to declare God’s Word with effective power.

The Contemporary Christian models double listening:

  • Read it, and learn to hear the world. 
  • Listen to God’s Word and apply the gospel to the issues of our society and the individuals therein.