Of the many influences I could mention, these have had the greatest impact:
First, and most significant, Stott held unswervingly to the priority and power of the Word of God. Perhaps more than any other person in the last half-century, he restored confidence in the authority of the Bible and the centrality of Scripture in preaching and teaching.
Second, his confidence in the trustworthiness of Scripture encouraged an intellectual curiosity. He was intellectually rigorous. He didn’t shrink from difficult texts. He didn’t dismiss paradox. He didn’t excuse apparent contradictions. Instead, they became the fodder for inquiry. One of the greatest gifts he gave me was his example of a mind fully engaged and fully alive in the pursuit of the knowledge of God.
Third was his discipline of prayer….