The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/10/1996):

Mystery of Election
This WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is another from the pen of John Stott, rector
emeritus of London's All Souls Church. In this case, "election" has nothing
to do with a campaign trail or what will happen on November 5, 1996.

Many mysteries surround the doctrine of election, and theologians are unwise
to systematize it in such a way that no puzzles, enigmas or loose ends are
left. At the same time, in addition to the arguments developed in the
exposition of Romans 8:28-30, we need to remember two truths. First, election
is not just a Pauline or apostolic doctrine; it was also taught by Jesus
himself. "I know those I have chosen," he said (John 13:18). Secondly,
election is an indispensable foundation of Christian worship, in time and
eternity. It is the essence of worship to say: "Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name be the glory" (Psalm 115:1). If we were responsible for our
own salvation, either in whole or even in part, we would be justified in
singing our own praises and blowing our own trumpet in heaven. But such a
thing is inconceivable. God's redeemed people will spend eternity worshipping
him, humbling themselves before him in grateful adoration, ascribing their
salvation to him and to the Lamb, and acknowledging that he alone is worthy
to receive all praise, honor and glory. Why? Because our salvation is due
entirely to his grace, will, initiative, wisdom and power.

-- John Stott, from *Romans: God's Good News for the World*, InterVarsity
Press, Downers Grove, 1994.

Have a great week,
Chip Stam
(safe and sound in the path of Hurricane Fran's Fury)