The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/11/1999):

Worship for the Nominal Christain
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a reminder that we are often tempted to worship the
trappings of Christianity, rather than the person of Jesus Christ. [Note:
Please see the special announcement at the end of this message.]

The nominal Christian, then, will see Jesus as a name, a representative, a
symbol, a personification, a prototype, a figure, a model, an exemplar for
something else. The nominal Christian pays homage to something about Jesus,
rather than worshipping the man himself. For this reason, nominal Christians
will extol the moral teachings of Jesus, the faith of Jesus, the personality
of Jesus, the compassion of Jesus, the world view of Jesus, the
self-understanding of Jesus, etc. None of these worships Jesus as the Christ,
but only something about him, something peripheral to the actual
flesh-and-blood man. This is why when the almighty God came into the world in
Jesus, he came as the lowest of the low, as weakness itself, as a complete
and utter nothing, in order that men would be forced into the crucial
decision about him alone and would not be able to worship anything about him.

- Robert L. Short, THE PARABLES OF PEANUTS, Harper and Row, 1968.

[Lord Jesus Christ, show us yourself. Help us to worship YOU in spirit and
in truth. Amen.)

Have a great week,

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