As a follow-up to my posts on John Stott’s farewell sermon (1 | 2), my wife was talking to some friends of ours today whose pastor was at this year’s Keswick Convention, and who described how Stott ended his sermon.
At the conclusion of his sermon, Stott asked everyone to bow their heads for a few moments of silent prayer. Everyone did so, and when they lifted up their heads again and opened their eyes – the stage was empty.
No rousing send-off, no applause, no presentations of flowers – nothing, in short, to distract attention from the Christ whom Stott has proclaimed so effectively, and with such modesty and humility, for so long.
While we’re on this subject, a recording of Stott’s Keswick sermon can be downloaded as an MP3 for £3 here. Even better, the All Souls Langham Place website’s sermon archive contains hundreds of recordings of Stott’s sermons from the mid-60s onwards, available free-of-charge (though with free registration required).
Searching through the sermons is not for the faint-hearted – a better search facility wouldn’t hurt – but there’s a lifetime’s-worth of great preaching there. You could do worse than start with his 1971 series of sermons on Ephesians, which I’m currently working my way through.
(Note: you may find, as I have, that the All Souls MP3s don’t work very well. You’ll need to make sure you save them with a .mp3 extension (rather than “.kont”, whatever that is) and then use a program like Audacity to import them and re-export them as new MP3 files. Very frustrating, but worth the effort.)