The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/28/2000):

Word and Worship
How important is preaching? Today's WORSHIP QUOTE speaks to the central place
of the reading and preaching of God's Word in Christian worship? The author
is John Stott, author of the best-selling BASIC CHRISTIANITY, and rector
emeritus of London's All Souls Church.

Word and worship belong indissolubly to each other. All worship is an
intelligent and loving response to the revelation of God, because it is the
adoration of his Name. Therefore acceptable worship is impossible without
preaching. For preaching is making known the Name of the Lord, and worship is
praising the name of the Lord made known. Far from being an alien intrusion
into worship, the reading and preaching of the Word are actually
indispensable to it. The two cannot be divorced. Indeed, it is their
unnatural divorce which accounts for the low level of so much contemporary
worship. Our worship is poor because our knowledge of God is poor, and our
knowledge of God is poor because our reaching is poor. But when the Word of
God is expounded in its fullness, and the congregations begin to glimpse the
glory of the living God, they bow in solemn awe and joyful wonder before his
throne. It is preaching which accomplishes this, the proclamation of the Word
of God in the power of the Spirit of God. That is why preaching is unique and

-John Stott, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, Eerdmans, 1981, p. 82, as collected in
Authentic Christianity: From the Writings of John Stott, compiled by Timothy
Dudley-Smith, InterVarsity Press, 1995.

[God bless the preachers! Amen!]

Have a great week,

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