Monday 31 August 2009

John Stott on Impoverished Discipleship

‘I am not saying that it is impossible to be a disciple of Jesus without a high view of Scripture, for this is manifestly not the case. There are genuine followers of Jesus Christ who are not ‘evangelical’, whose confidence in Scripture is small, even minimal, and who put more faith in the past traditions and present teaching of the church, or in their own reason or experience. I have no desire to deny the authenticity of their Christian profession. Yet I venture to add that their discipleship is bound to be impoverished on account of their attitude to the Bible. A full, balanced and mature Christian discipleship is impossible whenever disciples do not submit to their Lord’s teaching authority as it is mediated through Scripture.’

John R.W. Stott, The Contemporary Christian (Leicester: IVP, 1992), 173.

Today’s daily thought from John Stott, a service provided by Langham Partnership International and John Stott Ministries.

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