John Stott on Discipleship

Last week I cried upon hearing of the death of a man I had never met. Like many of my friends, colleagues, and countless others in the evangelical world, John R.W. Stott was my favorite expositor. My understanding of the Scriptures and my theology, particularly my Christology, have been shaped more by “Uncle John’s” writings than any other single author or theologian. Stott was a practical theologian. He was a pastor with a scholar’s mind and a scholar with a pastor’s heart. He loved His Lord and the Scriptures. He loved the nations and sought to see the glory of God proclaimed throughout the world. He was passionate about engaging the prevailing culture and calling for the redemption of culture. He invested in young pastors all over the world through his writings. His is a legacy of service in the name of Jesus. Many leaders who knew him have written eloquent tributes about his life and ministry, a thing I choose not to attempt. Rather, I prefer to honor his memory by taking up the theme of the last of his fifty-plus books, The Radical Disciple.

In the book he wrote as his farewell, Stott offers the eight characteristics of what he considered the portrait of a radical disciple. In selecting his title, Stott was intentional in choosing his words, as I believe he always was, for he wanted to convey the idea that those who have Jesus as Lord ought to take seriously His call to discipleship. [Read more…]