John Stott on being “Missional”

As anyone who reads the articles on knows: I deeply appreciate the ministry and writing of British Pastor-Scholar, John Stott.   He writes these wise words in his commentary on Acts 14:15-18

15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.

“We need to learn from Paul’s flexibility.  We have no liberty to edit the heart of the good news of Jesus Christ.  Nor is there ever any need to do so.  But we have to begin where people are, to find a point of contact with them.  With secularized people today this might be what constitutes authentic humanness, the universal quest for transcendence, the hunger for love and community, the search for freedom, or the longing for personal significance.  Wherever we begin, however, we shall end with Jesus Christ, who is himself the good news, and who alone can fulfil all human aspirations.


~ John R.W.  Stott  P. 232 “The Message Of Acts” InterVarsity Press, USA 1990


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