Article Title: A Book “R…

Article Title: A Book “Review”: Basic Christianity’ by John Stott
Shared by: Craig Lock
Category (Key Words/Tags): Christianity, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Thoughts on Jesus, Spiritual Growth, Faith, Empowerment, Transformation, Inspiration, Empowerment, Spirituality, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Writings, Awareness, God

Web site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig and may be freely published)

Publishing Guidelines: These thoughts in point-form (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.

*

Submitter’s Note:

The Book ‘Basic Christianity’ by John Stott

(Published by Inter-Varsity Press, UK (First edition 1958)

I took these notes from the above book – a most illuminating, revealing and enlightening read on the life and person of Jesus Christ). Incidentally, this book (and others by John Stott) is available for download (PDF) at http://www.pdflibrary.info/en/ebook/Basic%20Christianity%20John%20Stott-…

Here are some of my notes (in point form) from this “easy to read” book by John Stott,that I am currently reading and “studying”. And as I share, I learn more too. No matter what you may know or believe about this most significant (and controversial) figure in human history. Anyway enjoy…

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.” *

“WHO ON EARTH IS JESUS CHRIST?”

NEW REVELATIONS

We can find God in Jesus Christ. God is himself seeking us and we must ourselves seek God.

1 THE RIGHT APPROACH

Before man stirs himself to seek God, God has sought man. In the Bible we see God reaching out to man. It’s an invitation.

Redemption in Christ

Men needed to be delivered, not from slavery in Egypt or from exile in Babylon, but from the exile and slavery of sin. It was for this principally that Jesus Christ came. He came as a Saviour.

“…you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost”

In essence, Christianity is a religion of salvation.

(My comment:

Jesus never claimed directly to forgive sins, which is one of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity (though other disciples, such as John, famously said in 3:16 and Paul in 1 Corinthians sincerely believed and wrote that he did)…

though personally I CHOOSE to believe that.)

Christ’s promise is plain: “Seek and you will find.”

God desires to be found, but only by those who seek him.

We must seek diligently, humbly and obediently.

*

PART ONE CHRIST’S PERSON

The Claims of Christ

“He who has seen me has seen the Father.”

The person and work of Christ are the rock upon which the Christian religion is built.

His self-centred teaching

He was constantly talking about himself.

“I am the truth; follow me.”

He uttered commands, such as: ‘Come to me” and “Follow me!”

The most remarkable aspect of this self-centred teaching is that it was uttered by one, who insisted on humility in others.

(“If The Lord makes you successful, I’ll keep you humble.”

– an anonymous wife,)

*

Jesus’s Direct Claims

He clearly believed himself to be the Messiah the Old Testament predicted (‘Son of God’). He had come to establish the kingdom of God foretold by generations of prophets.

His claim to be the ‘Son of God’ was more than Messianic – it described his unique, intimate and eternal* relationship with God, the Father.

(My comment: We are what we believe ourselves to be. We “act out” and become what we believe about ourselves, who we think we are…and move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts, ie. what we focus on expands – this is in alignment (perfect) with psychological (and spiritual) principles. “As a man thinketh, in his heart, so is he.”)

* One of the most far-reaching claims he ever made was: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

“My Father is working still, and I am working.”

“I and the Father are one.”

“I am in the Father and the Father in me.”

(from John’s Gospel)

“All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

– Matthew 11:27s

Thus

to know him was to know God;

to see him was to see God;

to believe in him was to believe in God;

to receive him was to receive God:

to hate him was to hate God;

to honour him was to honour God.

After the resurrection, Jesus rebuked Thomas for his unbelief and invited him to feel his wounds. Then Thomas, overwhelmed with wonder, cried out, ‘My Lord and my God!”

*

His Indirect Claims

1. To forgive sins: “My son, your sins are forgiven.”… and

“Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more.”

However, the sins we commit against God can only be forgiven by God Himself!

2. Christ’s second indirect claim was to bestow life.

He described himself as the “bread of life”, “the life” and “the resurrection and the life.” Jesus likened his followers dependence on him to the sustenance derived from the vine by its branches. He called himself the “Good Shepherd”, who would not only give his life for the sheep; but give life to them. He stated that God had given him authority over all flesh, that he should give life to as many as God gave him, and declared, “the Son gives life to whom he will.”

3. Christ’s third indirect claim was to teach the truth.

His authority – an authority he claimed as his own: “No one ever spoke like this man.”

He issued absolute moral commands like:

“Love your enemies.”

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow.”

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”

“ASK and it will be given you.”

4. Jesus’s fourth indirect claim was to judge the world.

Those who have denied him, he will deny. (“I never knew you”)

*

His Dramatized Claims:

His works dramatize his words. He practiced what he preached and lived his message.

His metaphors (powerful):

“I am the bread of life.”

“I am the light of the world.”

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

Conclusion:

These claims do not in themselves constitute evidence of deity. Still we cannot regard Jesus as merely, simply as a great teacher..

Jesus had a “uniquely special and intimate” relationship with God, the Father and totally surrendered his life to God’s will (fully depending on God, “the Father” to achieve his life mission* … and so can WE!

Shared by craig (with gratitude to John Stott)

(“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

* Make YOUR life a mission…
and not an intermission!

“Lord

Let me be a channel for YOUR peace, a window for Your light to shine through to everyone I meet. Lord, touch me where I need the touch the most. Let more people experience the REAL YOU, Who You really are.”

“Faith sees the invisible,
follows the unfathomable…
and achieves the impossible.”

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

About the submitter:
Craig likes (rather loves) to share knowledge and insights from his life experiences with dashes of humour to try and help others in ‘every little way’ he can…
without being too much of a “Mr too airey-fairey, arty-farty, goody-goody boring two shoes” (as he’s lost the other one and anyway, they may be different colours!)
http://www.craiglockbooks.com
The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on Jesus and his numerous e-books on “the spiritual journey”) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock (e-books) http://www.lulu.com/craiglock

https://www.xinxii.com/asresults.phps4=craig+lock&sid=1&osCsid=7d30atm8g… http://www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com

Craig’s novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’ is based on some true stories from the ‘beloved country’ of South Africa. Inspiring stories of endless possibilities of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us.

The submitter is currently writing his own “work” (a “real labour of love and enlightenment” (to himself) titled ‘WHO ON EARTH IS (WAS) JESUS CHRIST?’

The submitter’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS “God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”

“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

May the light of God light your path up ahead

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Article Title: A Book “Review”: Basic Christianity’ by John Stott
Shared by: Craig Lock
Category (Key Words/Tags): Christianity, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Thoughts on Jesus, Spiritual Growth, Faith, Empowerment, Transformation, Inspiration, Empowerment, Spirituality, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Writings, Awareness, God

Web site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig and may be freely published)

Publishing Guidelines: These thoughts in point-form (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.

*

Submitter’s Note:

The Book ‘Basic Christianity’ by John Stott

(Published by Inter-Varsity Press, UK (First edition 1958)

I took these notes from the above book – a most illuminating, revealing and enlightening read on the life and person of Jesus Christ). Incidentally, this book (and others by John Stott) is available for download (PDF) at http://www.pdflibrary.info/en/ebook/Basic%20Christianity%20John%20Stott-…

Here are some of my notes (in point form) from this “easy to read” book by John Stott,that I am currently reading and “studying”. And as I share, I learn more too. No matter what you may know or believe about this most significant (and controversial) figure in human history. Anyway enjoy…

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

*

“WHO ON EARTH IS JESUS CHRIST?”

NEW REVELATIONS

We can find God in Jesus Christ. God is himself seeking us and we must ourselves seek God.

1 THE RIGHT APPROACH

Before man stirs himself to seek God, God has sought man. In the Bible we see God reaching out to man. It’s an invitation.

Redemption in Christ

Men needed to be delivered, not from slavery in Egypt or from exile in Babylon, but from the exile and slavery of sin. It was for this principally that Jesus Christ came. He came as a Saviour.

“…you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost”

In essence, Christianity is a religion of salvation.

(My comment:

Jesus never claimed directly to forgive sins, which is one of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity (though other disciples, such as John, famously said in 3:16 and Paul in 1 Corinthians sincerely believed and wrote that he did)…

though personally I CHOOSE to believe that.)

Christ’s promise is plain: “Seek and you will find.”

God desires to be found, but only by those who seek him.

We must seek diligently, humbly and obediently.

*

PART ONE CHRIST’S PERSON

The Claims of Christ

“He who has seen me has seen the Father.”

The person and work of Christ are the rock upon which the Christian religion is built.

His self-centred teaching

He was constantly talking about himself.

“I am the truth; follow me.”

He uttered commands, such as: ‘Come to me” and “Follow me!”

The most remarkable aspect of this self-centred teaching is that it was uttered by one, who insisted on humility in others.

(“If The Lord makes you successful, I’ll keep you humble.”

– an anonymous wife,)

*

Jesus’s Direct Claims

He clearly believed himself to be the Messiah the Old Testament predicted (‘Son of God’). He had come to establish the kingdom of God foretold by generations of prophets.

His claim to be the ‘Son of God’ was more than Messianic – it described his unique, intimate and eternal* relationship with God, the Father.

(My comment: We are what we believe ourselves to be. We “act out” and become what we believe about ourselves, who we think we are…and move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts, ie. what we focus on expands – this is in alignment (perfect) with psychological (and spiritual) principles. “As a man thinketh, in his heart, so is he.”)

* One of the most far-reaching claims he ever made was: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

“My Father is working still, and I am working.”

“I and the Father are one.”

“I am in the Father and the Father in me.”

(from John’s Gospel)

“All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

– Matthew 11:27s

Thus

to know him was to know God;

to see him was to see God;

to believe in him was to believe in God;

to receive him was to receive God:

to hate him was to hate God;

to honour him was to honour God.

After the resurrection, Jesus rebuked Thomas for his unbelief and invited him to feel his wounds. Then Thomas, overwhelmed with wonder, cried out, ‘My Lord and my God!”

*

His Indirect Claims

1. To forgive sins: “My son, your sins are forgiven.”… and

“Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more.”

However, the sins we commit against God can only be forgiven by God Himself!

2. Christ’s second indirect claim was to bestow life.

He described himself as the “bread of life”, “the life” and “the resurrection and the life.” Jesus likened his followers dependence on him to the sustenance derived from the vine by its branches. He called himself the “Good Shepherd”, who would not only give his life for the sheep; but give life to them. He stated that God had given him authority over all flesh, that he should give life to as many as God gave him, and declared, “the Son gives life to whom he will.”

3. Christ’s third indirect claim was to teach the truth.

His authority – an authority he claimed as his own: “No one ever spoke like this man.”

He issued absolute moral commands like:

“Love your enemies.”

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow.”

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”

“ASK and it will be given you.”

4. Jesus’s fourth indirect claim was to judge the world.

Those who have denied him, he will deny. (“I never knew you”)

*

His Dramatized Claims:

His works dramatize his words. He practiced what he preached and lived his message.

His metaphors (powerful):

“I am the bread of life.”

“I am the light of the world.”

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

Conclusion:

These claims do not in themselves constitute evidence of deity. Still we cannot regard Jesus as merely, simply as a great teacher..

Jesus had a “uniquely special and intimate” relationship with God, the Father and totally surrendered his life to God’s will (fully depending on God, “the Father” to achieve his life mission* … and so can WE!

Shared by craig (with gratitude to John Stott)

(“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

* Make YOUR life a mission…
and not an intermission!

“Lord

Let me be a channel for YOUR peace, a window for Your light to shine through to everyone I meet. Lord, touch me where I need the touch the most. Let more people experience the REAL YOU, Who You really are.”

“Faith sees the invisible,
follows the unfathomable…
and achieves the impossible.”

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

About the submitter:
Craig likes (rather loves) to share knowledge and insights from his life experiences with dashes of humour to try and help others in ‘every little way’ he can…
without being too much of a “Mr too airey-fairey, arty-farty, goody-goody boring two shoes” (as he’s lost the other one and anyway, they may be different colours!)
http://www.craiglockbooks.com
The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on Jesus and his numerous e-books on “the spiritual journey”) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock (e-books) http://www.lulu.com/craiglock

https://www.xinxii.com/asresults.phps4=craig+lock&sid=1&osCsid=7d30atm8g… http://www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com

Craig’s novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’ is based on some true stories from the ‘beloved country’ of South Africa. Inspiring stories of endless possibilities of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us.

The submitter is currently writing his own “work” (a “real labour of love and enlightenment” (to himself) titled ‘WHO ON EARTH IS (WAS) JESUS CHRIST?’

The submitter’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS “God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”

“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

May the light of God light your path up ahead

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Author: craig lock

About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

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