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By Richard Condie, President of EFAC VIC.

Hebrews 13:7 says: Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

Today we pay tribute to John Stott, from just four different aspects of his influence on the Church. EFAC, Langham, Lausanne and All Souls. There are many more stories to be told than these, and we hope that this afternoon you will share them with each other after the service. But our hope and prayer,like the writer to the Hebrews encourages, is that remembering this great leader who spoke the word of God to us, we would consider the outcome of his way of life, and we might imitate his faith.

 

By Ruth Redpath, Assistant Priest at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, and former member of All Soul's Langham Place.

It was in the 1960’s that All Souls Langham Place, London, 200 metres from Oxford Circus, and next-door to the BBC, became known as "John Stott’s Church." Rector since 1950, John had become known to many as he led University Missions in the UK and abroad. One such was at Melbourne University in 1958. During the week, he gave memorable lunchtime addresses, later published as the classic “Basic Christianity”. His concluding address was given at Sunday’s Choral Evensong in this cathedral, with 1800 packed in, including some of us here today. It is not surprising that many travelling in UK and Europe or in London for postgraduate study, made All Souls their spiritual home.

From John Stott's 'The Living Church'. It was originally penned on 24 November 1974, in honour of All Souls Church's 150th anniversary of its dedication.

I have a dream of a church which is a biblical church — which is loyal in every particular to the revelation of God in Scripture, whose teachers expound Scripture with integrity and relevance, and so seek to present every member mature in Christ, whose people love the word of God, and adorn it with an obedient and Christ-like life, which is preserved from all unbiblical emphases, whose whole life manifests the health and beauty of biblical balance. I have a dream of a biblical church.

Rev. Canon Dr. James I Packer spoke at a memorial service for John Stott in Vancouver on 5/8/11.
the video of his sermon can be found here:

www.youtube.com

 

 

It has been recently announced that Tim Harris will be leaving his work as the Principal of Bishopdale College in Nelson, New Zealand, to take up a new position as the Bishop of Mission and Evangelism in the Diocese of Adelaide.
Prior to his work in Nelson, Tim was the rector of St Matthews Kensington in the Diocese of Adelaide, as well as a former Chairman of EFAC South
Australia. Tim has asked that we pray for him and his family as they make this move, that God would continue to equip him with all the gifts he needs to undertake this important work.

 

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