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7 questions for Dr. John Stott

Here is an article I came across from the Between Two Worlds blog site, which is a 2001 interview of John Stott by Art Lindsley. It's well worth your time. Here are the questions:

1. What are the top three needs of the church today?
2. What legacy would you like to leave with the leaders, with whom you have been involved?
3. Which is the most important book you have written?
4. What are the top five most influential books in your life?
5. How do you shape your devotional life?
6. How have you been so productive in writing?
7. What advice have you for us in learning to communicate across cultures?

Dr. John Stott is considered by many one of the finest theologians of the present era. If you will pay special attention to what has most shaped his Bible devotional plan. Read More...

A Bible Journal

What is God saying to me?

What am I saying to God?

What verse(s) do I need to study and pray over?

What verse(s) should I commit to memory?

What principle to apply now in my life?

What truth(s) should I share with others in my life?

Questions for deeper meditation

Ryan Townsend contributes some excellent questions for our prayerful consideration this year:

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your Bible reading, study and devotion time this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

Bible Litmus Test

1. Do you spend more time watching favorite TV shows during the week than in Bible study, reading and devotion?

2. Do you know more facts about companies on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ than the facts in your Bible

3. Are your recipe books are more marked up and gone through than your Bible?

4. Do you have more songs downloaded on your iPod than verses of Scripture in your heart?

5. You think Bible study is dry and boring

8. You don’t remember the last Bible verse that you memorized

9. Your Christian walk is defined more by “what you feel” instead of “what the word of God says”

10. You don’t have a system or plan in which to study the Bible

11. The main reason for your lack of Bible devotion time is a due to a busy lifestyle

12. When is the last time (not counting small group) that you carried your Bible to someone’s home and helped them worked through a major issue from the Scriptures?

13. Are you spending more time with the newspaper weekly than with your Bible?