The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/10/1998):

Divine Action in Worship
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is from Robert Webber, a theology professor at Wheaton
College, in Wheaton, Illinois.

In worship there is divine action. In our celebration of Christ, something
happens. There is an action from above: the Holy Spirit delivers Christ and
the benefits of Christ's death and resurrection to the worshipers.

In other words, in worship our relationship with Christ is established,
maintained, and repaired. Christ meets us in our act of celebrating his death
and resurrection. In this worship encounter, the Spirit brings us the very
real benefits of Christ's death - salvation, healing, comfort, hope, guidance,
and assurance. Through this encounter, order and meaning come into our lives.
Through worship, a right ordering of God, the world, self, and neighbor is
experienced, and the worshiper receives a peace that passes understanding.
Simply put, worship is an it-is-well-with-my-soul experience.

WORSHIP, Hendrickson Publishers, 1996.

[In addition to his long-standing theology post at Wheaton College, Webber is
the editor of the 7-volume COMPLETE DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (StarSong
Publishers), a prolific author on worship related matters, and a regular
contributor to WORSHIP LEADER magazine. His Institute for Worship Studies
offers RENEW YOUR WORSHIP! WORKSHOP, a highly informative one-day (Saturday)
event for pastors, church musicians, worship committee members, or Christians
interested in deepening their understanding of the history, practice and
renewal of Christian worship. The workshop is offered coast to coast and I
highly recommend it to you. For information call 1-630-510-8905.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina