The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/25/1999):

Spirit-Inspired Singing
On the heels of Pentecost Sunday, today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another about the
Holy Spirit's involvement in the worship life of the Church. Gordon Fee, a
professor at Regent College in Vancouver, B. C., explains the passages from
Paul's letters about "psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs" (Colossians 3 and
Ephesians 5).

Where the Spirit of God is, there is also singing. The early church was
characterized by its singing; so also in every generation where there is
renewal by the Spirit a new hymnody breaks forth. If most such songs do not
have staying power, some of them do, and these become the treasure-trove of
our ongoing teaching and admonishing of one another, as well as of our
constantly turning to God the Father and God the Son and offering praise by
inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

- Gordon D. Fee, from PAUL, THE SPIRIT AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD, Chapter 13, "To
the Praise of His Glory - The Spirit and Worship," Hendrickson Publishers,

Have a great week,

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