The Living Church: The Convictions of a Lifelong PastorBy: John Stott
What exactly is a living church? Author John Stott explains, âWe need more radically conservative churches: âconservativeâ in the sense that they conserve what Scripture plainly requires, but radical in relation to that combination of tradition and convention that we call âcultureâ. Scripture is unchangeable, but culture is not.â The Living Church brings together a number of characteristics of what the author calls âauthenticâ or âlivingâ church. The marks, being clearly biblical, are timeless and need to be preserved. We are encouraged to become learning churches, caring churches, worshipping churches and evangelising churches. John Stott unpacks the Bibleâs wisdom rigorously with a teacherâs skill and applies it faithfully with a pastorâs heart. Becoming a living church is not an impossible goal.