The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/08/1997):

Christ-Centered Worship
This WORSHIP QUOTE comes from Robert Webber, a theology professor at Wheaton
College, in Wheaton, Illinois.

"Worship celebrates God's saving deed in Jesus Christ. This kind of worship
is not a goal-driven worship, but a Christ-driven worship. And when Christ is
the center of worship, all the goals of worship are achieved: Christ-centered
worship educates, evangelizes, heals, develops spirituality - and is most

A Christ-centered worship - which is event-oriented worship - can never be
static and merely intellectual because what happens is an actual and real
communication of the power and benefit of the life, death, and resurrection
of Christ. Worshiping churches recognize that every gathering of worship is
ultimately a praise and thanksgiving for the overthrow of evil by God in
Christ. This victory not only happened two thousand years ago, but it happens
today in the lives of people who bring to worship their own struggles against
that evil which shatters relationships, oppresses the poor, and brings
constant dislocation into life.

The event of Christ is the only event in human history that promises
relocation and centering, meaning and purpose. This promise and its
fulfillment evoke passionate and heartfelt praise and thanks, especially for
those aware of their own brokenness and the healing which Christ brings into
their lives."

- Robert Webber, in SIGNS OF WONDER, Star Song, 1992.

[Lord, remind me that it is the risen Christ who is worthy of my worship and
devotion. Forgive me for worshiping "worship." Forgive me for focusing so
much energy on my successes or failures, my pleasures or pains. Give me
devotion for you alone. Amen!]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam