53 John Stott Quotes

  • "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."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Prayer


  • "Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Commitment


  • "Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Atonement, The Cross


  • "How did Jesus expect His disciples to react under persecution? (In Matthew 5:12 He said), "Rejoice and be glad!" We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wound in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin a bear it like a Stoic, still less pretend we enjoy it like a masochist. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even "leap for joy" (Lk. 6:23)."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Persecution, Self-pity


  • "And seldom if ever do I leave the pulpit without a sense of partial failure, a mood of penitence, a cry to God for forgiveness, and a resolve to look to Him for grace to do better in the future."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Preaching, Failure


  • "Our claim is that God has revealed Himself by speaking; that this divine (or God-breathed) speech has been written down and preserved in Scripture; and that Scripture is, in fact, God's Word written, which therefore is true and reliable and has divine authority over men."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Scripture


  • "Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Apathy


  • "Social responsibility becomes an aspect not of Christian mission only, but also of Christian conversion. It is impossible to be truly converted to God without being thereby converted to our neighbor."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Missions, Conversion, Responsibility


  • "The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified. So the community of the cross is a community of celebration, a eucharistic community, ceaselessly offering to God through Christ the sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving. The Christian life is an unending festival. And the festival we keep, now that our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us, is a joyful celebration of his sacrifice, together with a spiritual feasting upon it."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Christians, Community, The Cross


  • "God must speak to us before we have any liberty to speak to him. He must disclose to us who he is before we can offer him what we are in acceptable worship. The worship of God is always a response to the Word of God. Scripture wonderfully directs and enriches our worship."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Worship, Prayer, Liberty


  • "A person's life is his most precious possession. Consequently, to rob him of it is the greatest sin we can commit against him, while to give one's own life on his behalf is the greatest possible expression of love for him. This, then, is the ultimate contrast: Cain's hatred issued in murder, Christ's love (issued) in self-sacrifice."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Sacrifice, Murder


  • "Theology is a serious quest for the true knowledge of God, undertaken in response to His self-revelation, illumined by Christian tradition, manifesting a rational inner coherence, issuing in ethical conduct, resonating with the contemporary world and concerned for the greater glory of God."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Theology


  • "Good conduct arises out of good doctrine."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Doctrine


  • "What Jesus emphasized in His teaching (in Matthew 5:33-37) was that honest men do not need to resort to oaths; it was not that they should refuse to take an oath if required by some external authority to do so."

    - John Stott
    Topics: Honesty


  • "Tolerance is not a spiritual gift; it is the distinguishing mark of postmodernism; and sadly, it has permeated the very fiber of Christianity. Why is it that those who have no biblical convictions or theology to govern and direct their actions are tolerated and the standard or truth of God's Word rightly divided and applied is dismissed as extreme opinion or legalism?"

    - John Stott
    Topics: Tolerance, Legalism



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