Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Interview with Dr. John Stott

Dr. Art Lindsley, of the C.S. Lewis Institute, interviews Dr. Stott. Here's an excerpt:

Dr. Lindsley: What legacy would you like to leave with
the leaders, with whom you have been involved?

Dr. Stott: I would urge upon them the priority of
preaching. It is the Word of God which matures the
people of God. As Jesus said, quoting Deuteronomy,
human beings do not live by bread alone, but by
every word which comes from the mouth of God.

Moreover, what is true of individuals is equally true
of churches. Churches live, grow, and flourish by
the Word of God; they languish and perish without
it. Of course the Word of God can reach people both
in private Bible study (if they are literate and have
a Bible) and in Bible study groups. But the major
way in which the Word of God comes to the people
of God worldwide is through preaching.

I am an unrepentant believer in the power of the pulpit. I
long to see a recovery of faithful biblical preaching
from the pulpits of the world; the result would be a
dramatic growth in mature discipleship.

Read the entire interview.

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