Book cover: Basic Christianity by John R. W. Stott

Basic Christianity

by John R. W. Stott

John Stott asks in the Preface to Basic Christianity: “Then is basic Christianity the belief that Jesus is the Son of God who came to be the Savior of the world? No, it is not even that. To assent to his divine person, to acknowledge man’s need of salvation, and to believe in Christ’s saving work are not enough. Christianity is not just a creed; it involves action.”

After his opening remarks in the Preface, he gives a chapter to “The Right Approach.” In it he counsels the skeptical reader to “be open to the possibility that you may be wrong.” If you seek God with humility, honestly and with the desire to be obedient to him, God wants to be found.

John Stott divides the book into four parts:

  • Christ’s Person: his claims, his character, and his resurrection.
  • Man’s Need: his sin and its consequences.
  • Christ’s Work: his death and The Salvation of Christ.
  • Man’s Response: cost, decision and being a Christian.
Scripture references and other notes are included in the footnotes in each chapter.

Those of us who have been Christians for many years can benefit from the reminder of the foundation of our faith--Jesus. Distractions too often pull us away from devotion to him, crowding out the unity we could have with him and with our fellow Christians.

Those who are active in passing the gospel on to others can learn what to teach the beginning disciple to give him a solid foundation for growth.

The new Christian can benefit by learning to build a foundation on Jesus and his teachings rather than on shifting prophecies or political opinions and other less important issues.

People approaching the book with an open mind, wanting to know what Christianity is without too much denominationalism, will find the explanations clear.

Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: Basic Christianity
Copyright: Inter-Varsity Press, London
Author: John R. W. Stott
Publisher: (This edition) 199 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
ISBN: 0-8028-1283-X

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