An analysis of John R. W. Stott's theology of evangelism and practice of evangelism
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The primary purpose of this dissertation is to analyze John Stott's theology and practice of evangelism. By reflecting on Stott's theology of evangelism, the dissertation explains Stott's practice of evangelism. Research indicates that John Stott is a great model of balance between the theology of evangelism and the practice of evangelism. Chapter 1 introduces and defines the subjects of John R. W. Stott's theology and practice of evangelism. History of the research shows lack of its study and presents a reason for writing. Personal interest and motivations, and purposes lead to the background of the proposal. Chapter 2 describes the historical and theological context of the Church of England. The definitions of "Anglicanism," "Evangelical" and "Evangelicalism" are set forth. The chapter includes the important role of Stott in the context of the Anglican evangelicals during the post-war resurgence of evangelicalism, showing how Stott related to his times, was influenced by the context, and influenced evangelicals. Chapter 3 analyzes John Stott's theology of evangelism by studying various writings. This chapter treats Stott's solid theology related to evangelism in areas such as Kerygma , Biblical Authority, Conversion, Sin, Salvation, Christology, the Holy Spirit, Church, Hell, and the Trinitarian Gospel. This chapter seeks to discover if any changes in Stott's view of theology have occurred. Chapter 4 discusses how Stott's theology of evangelism brings radical applications. The chapter analyzes how Stott's theology of evangelism, especially focusing on his own term "double listening," causes radical application on his presentation of evangelism, local church ministry, global ministry, the Third World ministry, social ministry, and preaching ministry. Chapter 5 summarizes the previous chapters and evaluates the relationship between Stott's theology and practice of evangelism. James I. Packer's assessment of Stott's work is given. The chapter offers answers to the question: "What is the relationship between Stott's theology of evangelism and practice of evangelism?" Lastly, through examining that relationship, the chapter suggests applications for contemporary Christians and the church.