Love, Fellowship, and the Church (Stott)

Reading through parts of John Stott's Basic Christianity again is a pleasant exercise. This afternoon I was reading the section Stott wrote about the church. The whole section is too long to share here, but I've put some parts of it below. May it be a source of encouragement and direction for you today! Sin… Continue reading Love, Fellowship, and the Church (Stott)

Contentment, not Covetousness (Stott)

Sometimes the commentaries I read aren't overly helpful. It's not that I'm brilliant, it's just that some commentaries state obvious things. Other commentaries discuss matters not overly pertinent to the interpretation or application of the text. But typically I appreciate John Stott's commentaries. They are clear and concise. They are thought-provoking. And they explain the… Continue reading Contentment, not Covetousness (Stott)

Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

Near the beginning of his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul mentioned some false teachers in the church who rejected a good conscience which caused a shipwreck of their faith. Here's how the NET Bible translates Paul's words: "...You [Timothy] must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and… Continue reading Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

In Galatians 3 Paul emphasizes the fact that God's benefits of salvation come by faith, not works. It's an extended argument that Paul had to repeat more than once in his missionary travels. Some Jewish people followed him around and harassed him and tried to refute his teaching of salvation by faith alone in Christ… Continue reading What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Christians who were part of the new church plant in Thessalonica around 50AD knew quite a bit about persecution and suffering. Not only did they receive the Word with much affliction, they also had to deal with ongoing persecution (1 Thes. 1:6; 2 Thes. 1:5, etc.). And it was serious enough that Paul, Timothy,… Continue reading Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)