John Stott - A Humble Man of God
In a letter to the International Director of the Langham Partnership General Linda Bond thanks God for the influence of Rev Dr John Stott on The Salvation Army and the world:
Rev. Dr. Chris Wright
International Director Langham Partnership
Dear Rev. Dr. Wright,
It is from a sense of deep loss that I write to you expressing heartfelt, prayerful support from Salvationists around the world for you, the ministry teams at Langham Partnership International and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and the family of Rev. Dr. John Stott.
For more than 50 years Salvationists have been wonderfully influenced and blessed by his spoken and written ministry. His interactions with us and his actions on behalf of the broader Christian Church have positively impacted us.
The Lausanne Covenant drafted by John Stott and his address to the 1991 Salvation Army Leaders Conference both significantly helped shape Salvation Army evangelism and world mission strategies.
His Bible commentaries and books are valued reference books for Salvation Army officers and soldiers. Personally, his commentaries on Ephesians and the Sermon on the Mount are seminal reference books for me when preaching from these Bible passages.
I praise God for John Stott being a scholarly man who could speak, preach and write in the language of the people.
Through the foresight of this humble man of God Salvationists are among the many thousands of Christians in developing countries who have benefited greatly by the provision of Bibles and Christian books through the Langham Partnership International.
I, and the Salvation Army leaders before me, have had a deep respect for John Stott. We grieve his loss to the world but we rejoice in the certainty of his eternal life in Heaven. In Salvation Army terms we are assured of his promotion to Glory.
Well done good and faithful servant.