The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/25/1996):

Theology and Worship
Today's WQOTW deals with that delicate balance (or combination) of "head and
heart" that is needed as we come to worship God. The author is John Stott.

It is important to note from Romans 1-11 that theology (our belief about God)
and doxology (our worship of God) should never be separated. On the one hand,
there can be no doxology without theology. It is not possible to worship an
unknown god. All true worship is a response to the self-revelation of God in
Christ and Scripture, and arises from our reflection on who he is and what he
has done. It was the tremendous truths of Romans 1-11 which provoked Paul's
outburst of praise in verses 33-36 of chapter 11. The worship of God is
evoked, informed and inspired by the vision of God. Worship without theology
is bound to degenerate into idolatry. Hence the indispensable place of
Scripture in both public and private devotion. It is the Word of God which
calls forth the worship of God.

On the other hand, there should be no theology without doxology. There is
something fundamentally flawed about a purely academic interest in God. God
is not an appropriate object for cool, critical, detached, scientific
observation and evaluation. No, the true knowledge of God will always lead us
to worship, as it did Paul. Our place is on our faces before him in

As I believe Bishop Handley Moule said at the end of the last century, we
must "beware equally of an undevotional theology and of an untheological

-- John Stott, ROMANS: GOD'S GOOD NEWS FOR THE WORLD, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, 1994

Have a great week,
Chip Stam